COVID-19 Initiatives Extended Into June

May. 20, 2020

Updated June 22, 2020

Updated July 2, 2020

Updated Aug. 10, 2020

Updated Sept. 10, 2020

Updated Oct. 09, 2020

Updated Dec. 08, 2020

Update Jan. 1, 2021

Update Oct. 12, 2021

Updated Oct. 26, 2021

Updated Dec. 1, 2021

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) 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 News & Updates for the latest information on each initiative.


Start Date

End Date

Chest CT Scan without Prior Authorization

March 2, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 - EXPIRED

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

Dec. 31, 2020* - EXPIRED

Credentialing Simplified

April 3, 2020

End of HHS public health emergency

Interfacility Transfer without Prior Authorization

April 1, 2020

May 15, 2020 – EXPIRED

Reinstated Dec. 5 – Dec. 31, 2020 –

Reinstated Sept. 30 – Dec. 31, 2021

Prior Authorization Extension

Services scheduled between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 - EXPIRED

Telemedicine Expansion, Cost-Share Waiver

March 18, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 – EXPIRED for most members

Medicare members will have cost share waived for telemedicine services through the end of the public health emergency.

See News & Updates for our current telehealth coverage.

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

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