Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
We know these are challenging times, and want you to know that Empire remains deeply committed to supporting you and protecting your overall health and wellbeing.
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After the public health emergency ends on May 11, 2023, Empire will cover COVID-19 vaccinations when the healthcare professional and facility is in your plan’s network. For most plans, there will be no out of pocket cost. Go to Empireblue.com, Find Care to find healthcare professionals and facilities in your plan’s network.
If you have questions or would like support, chat with us on the Sydney Health mobile app or Empireblue.com. If you prefer, call us at the Member Services number on your ID card.
COVID-19 testing coverage after the end of the Public Health Emergency
After May 11, 2023, Empire plans cover medically necessary COVID-19 testing and the care visit where the test takes place, but out of pocket costs may apply based on your plan. Please talk to a doctor first to be certain you need a COVID-19 test. A doctor must order a COVID-19 test for you.
Over-the-counter COVID-19 tests
After the end of the Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023, new purchases of over-the-counter tests will no longer be reimbursed. However, if your receipt is from May 11, 2023, or earlier, you can still submit a claim for reimbursement.
Diagnostic tests are for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. They also are for people who have no symptoms but know or suspect that they have recently been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Empire will help you coordinate COVID-19 care.
People who are diagnosed with COVID-19 may have long-term symptoms. Empire case management nurses are ready to help coordinate care for long-term symptoms of COVID-19. If you’d like additional support, please call the Member Services number on your member ID and ask for an Empire Case Management Nurse.
If you have Medicaid, you can go to https://mss.empireblue.com/ny/home.html for information about your plan. If you have Medicare, you can go to www.empireblue.com/medicare for information about your plan.
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