Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and resources
Last updated: April 28, 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of us. We want to make sure you have the latest information about your benefits, how to get the care you need, and how to find local help and resources.
As new information about COVID-19 vaccines is released, we’ll be here to answer your questions. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine. Activate your online account to stay up-to-date on the latest information.
Focusing on your health
These temporary changes have been put in place to make it easier for you to focus on your health and those you care about.
Due to COVID-19, the timeline for filing appeals extended for all decision letters dated on or after March 1, 2020. You now have 120 days from the date of your decision letter to ask for a fair hearing.
If you have any questions about your benefits, we’re here for you. Call Member Services at 1-844-521-6941 (TTY 711), or log in to your account to send us a secure message.
Getting the care you need
See a doctor without leaving home
Telehealth is a doctor visit through video chat or over the phone. It allows you to take care of your health while keeping you and others safe. Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor. Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24/7 NurseLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the number on your ID card.
Keeping your relationship with your primary care provider (PCP) is important. Telehealth is a great way to stay in touch with your PCP when you need care anytime.
If your PCP can’t offer a telehealth visit, please visit LiveHealth Online (LHO). LHO offers no-cost, easy-to-access medical and behavioral healthcare. LHO shouldn’t take the place of your PCP.
Find a COVID-19 test site
Use this tool to quickly locate testing sites near you. Just enter your state and county.
Take care of your mental health
You might be feeling anxious or stressed with all of the information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever.
myStrength is an online tool that can help you lower your stress and improve your mental health. As a Healthy Blue member, you can use this tool at no cost to you.
Psych Hub offers free online resources and videos to help you manage stress, talk to children about coronavirus disease 2019, cope with job loss and other COVID-19 challenges.
Finding resources you may need
No or low-cost services near you
Use our Community Resource Link for local help finding food, housing and other things you might need.
Free smartphone from SafeLink Wireless®
SafeLink offers free smartphones with data, texts and minutes to those who qualify. Use your phone to keep up with important information, use telehealth services, and stay in touch with family and friends.
Learn more about COVID-19
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized some COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more
Find out when and where you can get your vaccine in Louisiana
The CDC is working closely with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to make sure vaccines are available.
No. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you don’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Many thousands of people across the United States took part in research trials over many months. These trials show the FDA whether a vaccine is safe and effective, which it must be certain of before it will authorize or approve a vaccine for public use.
Researchers studied vaccine reactions and potential side effects throughout the trials. Their studies continue after the vaccine receives approval. The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and vaccine manufacturers will continue to monitor safety and quality.
If you have Medicaid with us, you can activate your online account to get updates on COVID-19 vaccines. Activate your account
Download the Healthy Blue mobile app from Google Play or the App Store
Yes. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you could still benefit from the vaccine. You can talk to your primary care provider to see what they recommend. The CDC also has information about the benefits of the vaccine.
An airway and lung infection, similar to a cold.
Similar to a cold or the flu. Mild to severe fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being around someone who has COVID-19.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Check the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information. If you are traveling, visit cdc.gov for the CDC’s most current travel guidelines.
Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. Here are some tips:
- Washing your hands is the best way to avoid getting sick:
- Wash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect items and surfaces you touch often with regular household cleaning spray or a wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away the tissue.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Older adults, people with disabilities, and people with diabetes or who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. We will support you and help you get the care you need.
If you’re caring for someone, be sure visitors take care to avoid causing any extra risk to you or them – keep hand sanitizer by the door, or ask visitors to wash their hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer before and after touching or feeding someone, or touching any mobility devices or equipment.
Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about wearing a facemask.
Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a cough, or have difficulty breathing. Tell them if you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you live in or have been to an area where the virus has spread.
Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor through June 15.
Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24/7 NurseLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the number on your ID card.
You can also make an appointment with LiveHealth Online and see a doctor from your smartphone.
If you have a Medicaid plan with us, you do not have to pay anything for the COVID-19 test or the doctor visit to get the test. The visit and test are covered whether you get care in a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency department.
No, prior authorization is not required for COVID-19 testing.
You should try to see your PCP or a doctor in your plan. If your doctor offers telehealth visits, your plan will pay for those, too. You can also see a doctor from your smartphone or tablet through LiveHealth Online.
We will pay for care you get from doctors outside your plan (called “out of network”) as long as the services are medically needed.
No. If you have a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement or MMP plan, or Medicaid from us, your plan covers sick visits and tests.
Do you have medicines you take regularly? Call the Pharmacy Member Services number on your ID card to find out about your options.
Your health is important. Don’t stop taking your medicines as prescribed, and get your refills on time.