It was in late January 2020 when a novel virus began sweeping the globe. With no tests or treatments available, COVID-19 was spreading rapidly in ways we did not yet fully understand. Against that backdrop, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency. That declaration along with numerous other measures passed in the months that followed, paved the way for … Continue reading How Is Medicare Impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ending in May? | BCBSKS
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine was authorized yesterday to be given to children, ages 5 through 11. This is a long awaited and highly anticipated approval, as children under the age of 12 have not previously been able to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Parents have had to make many difficult decisions over the past 20 months, from home-schooling and canceling activities to wearing masks and getting … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine approval for ages 5-11: what parents need to know
Updated 8/24/2021: The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval for ages 16 and older. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), there have been more than 331,000 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported through the end of July 2021, with more than 5,200 cases reported during the last seven days of July. Kansas has reported over 5,300 COVID-19 related deaths since … Continue reading Should FDA approvals hinder you from getting your COVID-19 vaccine?
Earlier this year, the third SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine was authorized to prevent and decrease the serious health impact and death associated with this devastating disease. For those of us who have been waiting for our turn to get a vaccine, this comes as welcome news. The speed that these vaccines have been developed and the urgency of approval can lead to concerns about their true … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine: myth vs. fact
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has worked tirelessly to provide much-needed relief to Kansans. Our customers and our employees have been our top priorities with every decision we have made. From waiving member cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment and testing to sending our employees to work from home, keeping Kansans safe and healthy has always been our … Continue reading Supporting Kansans during COVID-19
As 2021 gets underway, both federal and state legislative and regulatory changes are expected to modify health plan benefits for Kansans. Below, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Sunee Mickle provides an update on how a few of these changes may affect our members. As the largest health insurer in Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of … Continue reading 2021 legislative update on Kansas health insurance laws
As 2020 draws to a close, Matt All, President and CEO, shares a special message on behalf of all of us at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. With the hope of brighter days ahead next year, let’s reflect on the positives that brought us closer together when we all needed it the most this year. And rest assured that our commitment to our … Continue reading Wishing you a happy holiday season – a message from our CEO
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the long-awaited coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is now available. There are many questions and feelings of uncertainty when it comes to a new vaccine and we want to help you feel safe and informed. We asked Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Fong, to answer the … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Answering your questions about the coronavirus vaccine