COVID-19 News

Wellmark Extends Health Benefits Related to
COVID-19

September 2020 

The State of Iowa is working with Wellmark to address specific health care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • Wellmark will continue to cover in-network, inpatient treatment of COVID-19. The waiver of your cost-share (copay, coinsurance and deductible) for inpatient treatment of COVID-19 with an in-network provider will be extended through December 31, 2020.
     
  • There will continue to be no cost-share for appropriate testing and related services to diagnose or detect COVID-19. This is required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and remains in place as long as we are in a public health emergency, as declared by the federal government.
     
  • Virtual visits (Doctor on Demand® and in-network providers) will start applying cost-share effective September 1, 2020
     
  • Accidental dental benefits. Coverage period limitations related to accidental dental injury will return to standard benefits effective September 1, 2020