State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

MEMORANDUM

TO:                  State Employee Health Plan Participants
FROM:             Governor Laura Kelly
DATE:               March 13, 2020
RE:                   SEHP Updates Related to Coronavirus


State Employee Health Plan participants, effective immediately for the next 60 days:

  1. The State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) will cover medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to the COVID-19 at no cost share to member, where it is not covered as part of the Public Health Service response.
  2. The SEHP will allow early refills on 30 or 90-day prescription medications and/or allow members to use their mail order benefit.
  3. Given the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, seeking in person medical care has the potential to further spread the virus. The SEHP partners with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to provide Telehealth services with a virtual doctor’s office. There is 24/7/365 access to this service. The member cost share will be waived for any Telehealth service.
  4. The HealthQuest Health Center available to members enrolled in the health plan, is located at 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka
    • Phone screening is recommended before going to the center: 785-783-4080
    • If a patient walks into the clinic, they will have them put on a mask, clean their hands with hand sanitizer. The health center staff will evaluate the patient’s symptoms and recommend they isolate if the initial findings and/or symptoms present are a positive indicator for the virus.
    • Testing is not available at the health center for COVID-19 and the clinic will refer all patients that meet the risk criteria to the local health department for testing and further evaluation.

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