Coverage expanded for COVID-19 medical care
King County employees and their family members enrolled in Kaiser (SmartCare) and Regence (KingCare and KingCare Select) medical plans will not have to pay copays, coinsurance, or deductibles for medical services and medications related to the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
King County is providing this coverage enhancement to remove any financial barriers to accessing care and treatment for COVID-19. This expanded coverage takes effect immediately and applies retroactively to services and medications received beginning March 5, 2020.
The 100% coverage applies to COVID-19 testing and treatments at an office visit, emergency room, urgent care, hospital, telehealth, virtual care, or other facilities.
Seek care from network providers
As always, you should seek care from providers in your medical plan network whenever possible. If you must see an out-of-network provider due to an emergency or because of a lack of capacity at in-network facilities, your medical plan will pay 100% of the amount it would normally pay an in-network provider. If you are unexpectedly hospitalized, it’s a good idea to call your medical plan within 24 hours of being admitted, or as soon as medically possible, to avoid charges for non-network medical services.
If you receive a bill for treatment of COVID-19, contact Regence BlueShield or Kaiser Permanente for assistance.