Vaccination Questions and Answers
Answers to commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
CDC Q & A
Workplace Testing for COVID-19 Treatment
As states reopen and more of the population returns to work, some employers are requiring workers to be tested. Federal guidance has been issued indicating that the FFCRA and CARES Acts do not require plans and insurers to cover testing of asymptomatic individuals when the purpose is to screen for general workplace health and safety or for public health surveillance.
To be eligible for coverage, testing must be ordered by a health care provider after an individual presents with symptoms of the disease and must be medically appropriate for the individual, as determined by the individual’s attending health care provider in accordance with accepted standards of current medical practice.
If you are an employer who will require your employees to receive testing you may want to acquire services for such procedures. While CBS is unable to provide such services, below you will find links to trusted companies that have launched end-to-end solutions for COVID screening and testing: LabCorp Employer Services (LES) and BioIQ. For more information, fill out the contact form located on their respective sites.
LabCorp Contact Form
BioIQ Solution Form
For an app-based solution utilizing self-certification, check out Mobile Health Consumer's tool for tracking return-to-work screenings.
Mobile Health Contact Form
Waiving Fees and Cost Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment
The health and wellbeing of our participants is always at the forefront in any decision we make. We are committed to making every effort to accommodate our participants during these challenging times.
The Christian Brothers Employee Benefit and Religious Medical Trusts are continuing to waive any cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19. The Trusts are extending the effective date, which began April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, to prevent any barriers to patient care due to the pandemic.
As a reminder, COVID-19 preventive care charges are covered under the CARES ACT, on a first-dollar basis without any cost sharing. In addition, COVID-19 testing and telehealth medicine will continue to be covered at 100 percent.
New antibody tests are being developed but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds the public that, “at the present time, there are no diagnostic or antibody COVID-19 test kits that are authorized, cleared or approved to be used completely at home. Testing in the home can present unique and potentially serious public health risks, including whether a lay user has the ability to collect their specimen, run the test, and interpret their results accurately. However, the FDA has authorized several diagnostic COVID-19 tests for use with at-home collection of samples–such as from the nose or saliva–that can then be sent to a lab for processing and test reporting.”
Please note, an FDA-approved test must be ordered by a participant’s physician, as part of a regular office visit or in conjunction with other pre-surgical tests and sent to the appropriate lab for processing to be covered at 100% by the Trusts. Such tests must be billed under the appropriate medical codes established by the American Medical Association.
FDA Testing Information
Tested Positive for COVID-19?
Christian Brothers Health Benefit Services has expanded our partnership with case management group, American Health Holding Inc., to support those of our participants that have tested positive for COVID-19. American Health’s Case Management team provides emotional and educational support if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Please refer to this flyer for additional material.
Prescription Retail Shipping Options
As a reminder, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Scripts has created an exception for CVS and Walgreens to provide delivery to their patients. This exception is important to meet our patients’ needs, but is also required because these providers frequently use mail-order services to execute delivery. This delivery service is available at no additional cost to patients. All CVS and Walgreens retail locations have been notified.
Please note that Rite Aid has also confirmed they will offer courier delivery for free. For a participant to utilize, the participant must call the store directly to enroll.
Both the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit and Religious Medical Trusts (EBT and RMT) are now covering telehealth/virtual visits that meet the following criteria:
Telehealth visits (phone, video and other virtual visits), including behavioral health, will be covered as a regular office visit in accordance with benefit plan terms for office visits for providers who offer the service through two-way, live interactive telephone or digital video consultations or other methods allowed by applicable laws and regulations.
With the spread of COVID19 across the United States,, telemedicine is an important step in accessing health care as many medical providers are experiencing higher-than-normal requests for in-person appointments.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to use Teladoc. Take these steps to prepare for your Teladoc visit and save time:
- If you’re new to using Teladoc, start by visiting the Teladoc website for answers to frequently asked questions.
- For fastest support, we encourage members to contact Teladoc by mobile App or web. You can download the App on the App Store or Google Play.
- Before your first virtual visit, members need to set up a Teladoc account and share their medical history on the app or on the Teladoc account set up page. Completing this step in advance accelerates visit requests.
For more information on Teladoc’s COVID-19 response, please read their recent release.
Find a Community Health Center
Community Health Centers may be a viable option for you to seek medical attention if:
- You are unable to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
- You are currently without health insurance coverage.
“Find a Health Center” is provided by the HRSA for informational purposes only and has not been verified by Christian Brothers Services for accuracy.