“Anthem will make $2.5 billion in financial assistance available to customers and providers as they weather the coronavirus pandemic, including premium credits for cash-strapped members and funding to assist docs in standing up telehealth programs,” Paige Minemyer wrote for Fierce Healthcare. “Anthem will make premium credits of between 10% and 15% available to select individual market plans and fully insured commercial plans. Members enrolled in standalone and group dental plans will receive a 50% credit, Anthem announced Thursday. The credits will be provided in July, Anthem said. The insurer also said it is working with employer clients to offer special payment arrangements to ensure they can continue to provide coverages to workers during the pandemic. ‘Consumers, care providers and our local communities are all feeling the impact of the pandemic and the current social unrest,’ Anthem CEO Gail Boudreaux said in a statement. ‘We are deeply committed to serving those who count on us as their healthcare partner, now more than ever.’ Anthem is also extending cost-sharing waivers it’s rolled out under the pandemic. Cost-sharing for in-network COVID-19 treatment, applicable to Medicare Advantage, individual market and fully insured employer plans, will be offered through Dec. 31. In addition, Anthem will continue to allow waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits, including telephonic visits, for medical and mental health needs in its Medicare, Medicaid, individual plans and fully insured employer plans through Sept. 30.” Paige Minemyer, “Anthem offering $2.5B in financial assistance to members, providers impacted by COVID-19,” FierceHealthcare.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.