COVID-19 News and Updates

Medicaid & CHIP Provider Relief Fund Update (July 22, 2020)

CMS has recently announced HHS’ extension of the deadline for qualifying Medicaid & CHIP providers to apply for the Medicaid & CHIP Provider Relief Fund distribution. The new deadline is August 3, 2020. CMS has been in continuous discussions with our partners at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) about the status of applications for this distribution. This email is intended to provide you with an update on the number of providers from your state that have applied.



Prior authorization guidance during COVID-19 crisis (June 29, 2020)

In accordance with guidance issued by the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid (Anthem)prior authorization requirements will resume with the exception of behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) services for claim date of service beginning August 1, 2020.



Department of Health and Human Services announces additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program providers (June 12, 2020)

On June 9, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS is also announcing an additional distribution of Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals.

Listen now! Webinar recording available from Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield for network providers on SBA loans and other federal relief programs in response to COVID-19

We are committed to helping care providers learn how you can secure resources to support yourselves and your business during the COVID-19 crisis. On April 30, 2020, we hosted a webinar to share information and resources with network providers regarding opportunities to access loans through the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) and other federal programs in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on care providers that are also small employers.

Federal resources available for health care providers and employers in the federal CARES Act

Anthem, Inc. advocated for Congress to provide sufficient funding for hospitals to be able to address those in need of care, and we strongly support federal and state efforts to address the financial needs of care providers. To help care providers navigate the resources available to them, we complied information on programs that could deliver additional financial relief during this crisis.



New value-added benefit: LiveHealth Online effective April 1, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, effective April 1, 2020, LiveHealth Online* (LHO) is now available to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid (Anthem) members as a value-added benefit (VAB) ahead of the full implementation scheduled for May 15, 2020.



COVID-19 Guidance (March 23, 2020)

In accordance with guidance issued by the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid (Anthem) is issuing the following guidance to providers specific to COVID-19 testing and treatment policies.