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Optima extends coronavirus treatment coverage

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Optima Health is extending coverage for treatment of COVID-19 to June 30.

Optima officials said the move is “to remove barriers to care and provide safe treatment options for our members during the COVID-19 crisis, and as outlined in the CARES Act.”

Optima Health is a service of Sentara Healthcare.

According to a news release, Optima is providing the following benefits at no cost to its members (i.e. no member co-pays or cost-share) for in-network providers and labs for its fully insured Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid plans, as well as participating self-funded groups:

  • All telehealth visits, including telephone only, with any in-network care provider
  • Any necessary in-network or emergent out-of-network treatment of COVID-19

In accordance with the CARES Act, out-of-pocket member costs will be covered for medical care and testing provided to our members who see a health care provider, in-person or via-telehealth technology, when they suspect they are suffering from COVID-19 through the duration of the pandemic, according to Optima.

Reminder of pharmacy benefit changes

As previously announced, Optima Health has relaxed pharmacy benefits to ensure members have prescriptions on hand. Members:

  • May fill prescriptions earlier than normal without penalty.
  • Can contact their provider to evaluate and replace 30-day supplies of medications with 90-day supplies.
  • Should consider, depending on their plan, home delivery options for prescriptions as a way to comply with social distancing guidelines. To learn how to order, visit here.

Coronavirus screening assessment tool

Optima Health has a web-based, interactive questionnaire to help people decide if they should seek medical attention based on their risk level for COVID-19. The pop-up tool can be found on the right-hand side of any page of by clicking the “Coronavirus Assessment Tool.”

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. To learn more about Optima Health and its COVID-19 programs, click here.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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