COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

New COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Added to the Preventive Schedule

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved new, single-dose COVID-19 booster vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax to protect against the XBB variant.

For more information, read our Special Bulletin (updated October 13, 2023).

Highmark Updates Tied to End of Public Health Emergency

On January 30, 2023, the federal government announced the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), effective May 11, 2023.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pandemic-related laws, Highmark implemented many policies and flexibilities waiving or requiring certain actions in response to the pandemic’s effect on health care delivery.

To help providers transition to a post-PHE environment, they were given 90 days to prepare for Highmark’s policy changes and insurance plans/product updates that took effect on July 6, 2023.

To see the full list of changes and updates, read our Special Bulletin (updated June 28, 2023).

Medicaid Redetermination: Resources to Help Patients Who May Lose Coverage

During the public health emergency (PHE) – which went into effect on January 31, 2020, and ended on May 11, 2023 – income eligibility requirements for Medicaid were waived to help millions of Americans who lost their employer-sponsored health insurance.

In December 2022, Congress passed its year-end omnibus spending bill, which delinked the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement from the PHE, establishing the date of April 1, 2023, for resuming Medicaid redetermination. As states review eligibility requirements for Medicaid, many current recipients will be disenrolled.

To learn what resources Highmark has available to help members/patients who no longer qualify for Medicaid-related coverage, read our Special Bulletin (updated May 17, 2023).

Last updated on 10/18/2023 2:27:24 PM


NOTE: A previous version of this page included information stating that the COVID-19 national emergency would expire on May 11, 2023, along with the public health emergency. The information was updated on April 11, 2023, after President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan congressional resolution to end the national emergency on April 10, 2023.

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