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COVID-19 Deadlines for Doctors

Originally published on the Texas Medical Association website.

The following deadlines and extensions are in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through Oct. 23

Several Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program(CHIP) flexibilities, including paying for Texas Health Steps (THSteps) medical checkups via telemedicine and CHIP copay waivers expired. 

Through Oct. 31

Cigna is extending certain cost-share waivers for COVID-19 screening, testing, and treatment, including telehealth screening.

Through Dec. 31

Texas-regulated insurers must continue to pay for telemedicine services, including mental health visits, at the same rate as in-person visits. The extension was part of an emergency rule that was set to expire Sept. 12.

  1. Aetna is extending coverage for commercial telemedicine service, including audio-only visits. Cost share waivers expired Aug. 4.
  2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is extending certain cost-sharing and telemedicine waivers for state-regulated, fully insured HMO and PPO members and Medicare members. 
  3. Cigna is extending telemedicine waivers.

To help you understand all of the changes to telemedicine during the pandemic, the Texas Medical Association has published up-to-date information for each type of payer.

Stay up to date with the latest news, resources, and government guidance on the coronavirus outbreak by visiting TMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center regularly.

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