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Tennessee: BlueCross will cover costs for COVID-19 booster

Christian Fernsby |
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee wants members to know that it will cover the administration cost for a COVID-19 booster for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, including those undergoing cancer treatment.

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“We want to ensure those needing a COVID-19 booster understand their costs are covered,” said Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross. “It’s our responsibility to support members seeking to protect themselves against COVID-19. Research has demonstrated the clear value of a booster to reduce risk, which ultimately will help communities facing the Delta variant surge.”

For commercial Blue Network S, P and L members, BlueCross will cover the cost of the fees associated with receiving the COVID-19 booster. If a BlueCross member is charged for their vaccine visit, they can call the Member Services number on the back of their Member ID card for help.

Medicare Advantage, BlueCare Tennessee and BlueCare Plus Tennessee members will also be able to get a booster without any out-of-pocket costs.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccine boosters may be recommended for those who:

Are receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

Have a moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection

Are underdoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response.


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