posted by AHIP
on September 17, 2020
Health insurance providers have been on the frontline in the response to the ongoing wildfires in the West as well as the recent hurricanes that hit the Gulf states. Their efforts reflect the continuing commitment to ensure the safety and health of all Americans.
Aetna is offering resources to members who have been affected by the wildfires in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Butte counties in California.
Aetna members can refill their prescriptions early, if needed. Members who use Aetna’s mail-order pharmacy can either get a prescription at an alternate delivery location or refill a prescription that may have been lost, damaged or destroyed.
In addition to helping with prescription refills, Aetna professionals who have experience dealing with traumatic events are also available to help. The company has opened its Resources for Living services to those affected by the wildfires, regardless of whether they are Aetna members or not. Individuals can call 1-833-327-AETNA (1-833-327-2386) for assistance with finding available shelters, accessing government resources and seeking referrals or help to cope with the emotional impact of the wildfires.
Anthem Blue Cross has revised its medical, vision and pharmacy guidelines and is offering additional support to help ensure its members affected by the ongoing wildfires have access to essential prescription medications and other health care related services.
The following benefit guidelines are effective August 18, 2020 through September 17, 2020, or until further notice, and pertain to Anthem members affected by the wildfires in California, including emergency personnel who are Anthem members.
Blue Shield of California is offering the following services to members (except Medicare) affected by the ongoing wildfires:
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has committed $5 million to meet the needs of communities rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Laura. This $5 million includes two $1 million grants to organizations that will make funds immediately available for relief and response in the Lake Charles area. The remainder of the grant funds will be distributed through the Foundation’s Community Crisis and Disaster Response grant fund.
Health Net is offering special assistance to its members affected by the ongoing wildfires. This assistance includes providing access to:
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross, the United Way of Jackson County and other organizations.
Regence has more than 925,000 members across Oregon, including more than 47,000 members located in the latest evacuation zones. The health plan has a particularly close connection to Medford – a community significantly impacted by current wildfires – where 23,400 members currently reside in an evacuation zone, and approximately 200 Regence employees who work at the company’s service center at 2057 Commerce Dr.
In response to the wildfires, Regence has committed these initial gifts to the following organizations:
Additionally, Regence has put emergency measures in place to ensure that health plan members who are affected by wildfires throughout the state can get the care they need. Those include: