Covid-19 Public Emergency Status Expiring
April 27, 2023
Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
While preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remains a public health priority, it will no longer be considered a health emergency.
What does that mean for SEHP members?
1. During the emergency period, members were not charged for home over the counter COVID tests. With the end of the Public Health Emergency, these home tests will no longer be covered under the SEHP benefits.
2. During the emergency period, members were not charged for lab tests for COVID conducted at provider’s offices, including PCR and antigen tests. With the end of the Public Health Emergency, these tests will be covered under normal plan benefits, subject to the deductible, coinsurance or copay provisions of your plan.
3. Vaccines and Immunizations for COVID will continue to be covered under the preventive benefits of your health plan, including initial vaccinations and boosters. Preventive services are covered at 100% for members when using a Network Provider.
4. Treatment for COVID will continue to be covered under the SEHP benefits, subject to the normal plan provisions.
These changes will be effective May 12, 2023.
For more information about these changes, or for a complete list of Covid-19 emergency changes, click here. A CVS Caremark flyer is attached. You may also visit our website at www.healthbenefitsprogam.ks.gov or email us at SEHPBenefits@ks.gov