Updated May 13, 2021
More people are gaining access to the COVID-19 vaccines (see the CDC announcement about vaccine availability for children ages 12-15), which is a hopeful sign that we may begin thinking about returning to a new normal. However, many people still need to be vaccinated and new variants are emerging across the globe.
If you have been fully vaccinated, the CDC suggests that you may resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
However, even if you’re fully vaccinated, the safest thing to do is to wear a mask in public, avoid crowded indoor spaces and wash your hands frequently. If we all stay diligent, we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.
Visit your state’s health department website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder site to find out where all eligible people, ages 12 and older, can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Here’s what Regence is doing to support you:
- Covering COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment
- Expanding virtual care (telehealth) services
- Allowing early medication refills
Contacting members hospitalized with COVID-19 to provide extra support
We’ve made these changes in our Individual and family policies, as well as our fully insured group policies. If your coverage is through a self-funded group plan, you should consult your plan administrator for details.
In addition, we’ve extended grace periods for premium payments (as required by state law). Extensions end when those mandates end.
For group plans governed by ERISA*, we’ve extended the deadlines by which you must file any claims, appeals and make special enrollment changes. The period from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the National Emergency ends won’t count in determining these deadlines.
*As a general rule, a plan is governed by ERISA if it is a plan for employees of an employer that is not a government (including a tribe) or church.