What it means here: UPMC waives costs for COVID-19 treatment, more

Utility company gives to United Way

The PPL Foundation will donate $300,000 to a dozen agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across central and eastern Pennsylvania, including the Lycoming United Way and Clinton County United Way, a news release said.

“We are committed to helping our neighbors through these difficult times,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation, according to the news release. “And we’re proud to partner with community agencies working on the front lines during this public health emergency to ensure that the most vulnerable among us have a safety net.”

PPL Foundation and its sister foundation in Kentucky — the LG&E and KU Foundation — have pledged more than $1 million combined in support to customers and communities served by PPL’s Pennsylvania and Kentucky utilities. This includes PPL Foundation’s $500,000 contribution in March to Operation HELP to support PPL Electric Utilities customers dealing with this crisis.

UPMC waives costs for COVID19 treatment

UPMC Health Plan is waiving deductibles, co-insurance and co-pays for all in-network, inpatient COVID 19-treatment.

The waiver applies for its members enrolled in a fully-insured group such as Affordable Care Act and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as in self-insured employer group plans that opt into this coverage.

This policy change is effective immediately and will stay in effect through June 15.

“Our members have enough to think about during this challenging time and worrying about whether they can afford COVID-19 treatment should not be one of them,” said Diane Holder, president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan.

UPMC Health Plan increased member access to medications by waiving early refill limits until June 15 on prescriptions filled at retail, mail and specialty pharmacies and waived telemedicine fees until that date, she said.

Specially-trained counselors are also available for health plan participants, she said.

Geisinger updates visitation policies

All elective and non-urgent surgeries at Geisinger are on hold through April 30, according to a news release.

This update is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the best care and to ensure the safety of all of Geisinger’s patients, members, visitors and employees.

Some of the updates to this policy include limited inpatient visitation for a multitude of different services including: labor and delivery, end of life, surgery, altered mental status or disruptive behaviors.

Elective and non-urgent surgeries or procedures as well as appointments can be rescheduled or can be provided other care options according to the release. More urgent appointments will be taken care of.

All approved visitors will have gone through a screening process and should not have any symptoms of a respiratory infection. Also, visitors who have traveled internationally or have been exposed to someone who has had a fever, the flu or COVID-19 are not permitted in any facility.

The release also stated that visitors under the age of 18 are not allowed except for certain situations.

The amount of visitors per situation are allowed:

• Delivering mothers, one support person

• Medically unstable, one visitor

• End of life, two visitors

• Surgery or procedures, one single-time visitor after the procedure

• Minor patients with limited decisional capacity, two parents or guardians

• Altered mental status/developmental delays or caregiver provides safety, one visitor

• Disruptive behavior where family member is key to their care, one visitor

All routine in-person visits to hospitalized patients have been suspended according to the release.


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