COVID-19 Initiatives Extended

May 18, 2020
Updated July 29, 2020

We updated this notice to reflect the extended end date for interfacility transfer without prior authorization.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has taken steps to make access to the testing and treatment for our members easier and less expensive during this national health emergency. We have extended the duration of these measures to continue serving our members.

The chart below details those dates. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as needed. Check our provider site and our COVID-19 Related News for the latest information on each initiative.


Start Date

End Date

Chest CT Scan without Prior Authorization

March 2, 2020

Open ended*

COVID-19 Testing Cost-Share Waiver

March 7, 2020

End of Health and Human Services (HHS) public health emergency

COVID-19 Testing-Related Visits Cost-Share Waiver

March 18, 2020

End of HHS public health emergency

COVID-19 Treatment Cost -Share Waiver

April 1, 2020

Aug. 31, 2020*

Credentialing Simplified

April 3, 2020

End of HHS public health emergency

Interfacility Transfer without Prior Authorization

April 1, 2020

Sept. 30, 2020**

Prior Authorization Extension

Services scheduled between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Telemedicine/Telehealth Expansion, Cost-Share Waiver PDF Document

March 10, 2020

Aug. 31, 2020* for commercial and retail members

Dec. 31, 2020 for Medicare

*Services that were originally scheduled to end May 31, 2020
** Service originally scheduled to end May 15, 2020