Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) updates and resources
Last updated: April 5, 2021
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has impacted all of us. We want to make sure you have the latest information about your benefits, how to get the care you need, and how to find local help and resources.
As new information about COVID-19 vaccines is released, we’ll be here to answer your questions. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine. Activate your online account to stay up-to-date on the latest information.Set up your account
Each state will decide how and when to distribute vaccines.
See more COVID-19 FAQs at bottom of page.
Focusing on your health
These temporary changes have been put in place to make it easier for you to focus on your health and those you care about.
It is always a good idea to renew your benefits on time, but during the public health emergency, you will not lose coverage if you miss your renewal deadline. Renew now or check your status on your CommonHelp account.
Due to COVID-19, you don't pay copays for any covered services.
- The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is seeking approval to accept member appeals that miss filing deadlines. If approved, appeals filed since March 12 will be processed as if filed on time.
- Members will keep their benefits while the appeals are underway.
- State Fair Hearings will be conducted by telephone. DMAS will grant requests to reschedule hearings.
- Appeals may be submitted to DMAS by e-mail at Appeals@DMAS.Virginia.gov.
If you have any questions about your benefits, we’re here for you. Call Member Services at 1-800-901-0020 (TTY 711) if you’re a Medallion Medicaid or FAMIS member, and at 1-855-323-4687 (TTY 711) if you’re a CCC Plus member. You can also log in to your account to send us a secure message or visit the DMAS website for COVID-19 updates.
Getting the care you need
See a doctor without leaving home
Telehealth is a doctor visit through video chat or over the phone. It allows you to take care of your health while keeping you and others safe. Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor. Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24/7 NurseLine 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the number on your ID card.
Find a COVID-19 test site
Use this tool to quickly locate testing sites near you. Just enter your state and county.
Note: Call ahead before planning an office visit. Some provider offices, as well as state and local offices, may be closed during the COVID-19 emergency. Be sure to call ahead before planning an in-person visit to check if the office is open.
Take care of your mental health
You might be feeling anxious or stressed with all of the information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever.
Psych Hub offers free online resources and videos to help you manage stress, talk to children about coronavirus, cope with job loss and other COVID-19 challenges.
Finding resources you may need
Free or low-cost services near you
Use our Community Resource Link for local help finding food, housing and other things you might need.
Free smartphone from SafeLink Wireless®
SafeLink offers free smartphones with data, texts and minutes to those who qualify. Use your phone to keep up with important information, use telehealth services, and stay in touch with family and friends.
Learn more about COVID-19
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized some COVID-19 vaccines and is working quickly to approve others. Learn more here.
Each state will decide how and when to distribute vaccines. People at most risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing complications of illness will likely receive vaccinations first. Right now, the CDC recommends that healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes and long-term-care facilities be the first Americans to receive the vaccine. Vaccination should be more widely available in early to mid-2021. We will keep you updated.
The CDC is working closely with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to make sure vaccines are available.
No. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Many thousands of people across the United States took part in research trials over many months. These trials show the FDA whether a vaccine is safe and effective, which it must be certain of before it will authorize or approve a vaccine for public use.
Researchers studied vaccine reactions and potential side effects throughout the trials. Their studies will continue after the vaccine receives approval. The FDA, CDC, and vaccine manufacturers will continue to monitor safety and quality.
If you have Medicaid with us, you can activate your online account to get updates on COVID-19 vaccines.
Download the Anthem Medicaid app from Google Play or the App Store.
Yes. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you could still benefit from the vaccine. You can talk to your primary care provider to see what they recommend. The CDC also has information about the benefits of the vaccine.
Learn more about COVID-19
Similar to a cold or the flu. Mild to severe fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being around someone who has COVID-19.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information. If you are traveling, visit cdc.gov for the CDC’s most current travel guidelines.
Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. Here are some tips:
- Washing your hands is the best way to avoid getting sick:
- Wash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect items and surfaces you touch often with regular household cleaning spray or a wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away the tissue.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Older adults, people with disabilities, and people with diabetes or who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. We will support you and help you get the care you need.
If you’re caring for someone, be sure visitors take care to avoid causing any extra risk to you or them — keep hand sanitizer by the door, or ask visitors to wash their hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer before and after touching or feeding someone, or touching any mobility devices or equipment.
Here’s what the CDC says about wearing a face mask.
Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a cough, or have difficulty breathing. Tell them if you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you live in or have been to an area where the virus has spread.
Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor.
Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24/7 NurseLine 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the number on your ID card.
If you have a Medicaid plan with us, you do not have to pay anything for the COVID-19 test or the doctor visit to get the test. The visit and test are covered whether you get care in a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency department.
No, prior authorization is not required for COVID-19 testing.
You should try to see your primary care provider (PCP) or a doctor in your plan. If your doctor offers telehealth visits, your plan will pay for those, too. We will pay for care you get from doctors outside your plan (called “out of network”) as long as the services are medically needed.
No. If you have Medicaid from us, your plan covers sick visits and tests.
Do you have medicines you take regularly? Call the Pharmacy Member Services number on your ID card to find out about your options.
Your health is important. Don’t stop taking your medicines as prescribed, and get your refills on time.