Monkeypox virus

Sept. 15, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox and symptoms are similar, but milder. Monkeypox is rarely fatal. The first human case of the virus was recorded in 1970. 

You may have heard about the virus on the news and are wondering what your health insurance plan covers. See the frequently asked questions below for information on testing and vaccine coverage.


    Yes, a monkeypox virus test is available to determine if a person is infected with the virus that causes monkeypox. For information on if you should be tested, visit the CDC website. If you think you should be tested, you should contact your in-network healthcare provider. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) is covering the cost of testing for our members. The test must be ordered by a doctor or authorized by a healthcare professional. At this time, standard member cost-sharing applies for testing.

    Yes, there are vaccines available for the prevention of monkeypox virus infection. The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox or who may be more likely to get monkeypox. More information on who should be vaccinated and vaccine guidelines can be found at the CDC website. If you think you may be eligible for vaccination, contact your in-network healthcare provider. They can help you determine if you should get vaccinated. At this time, standard member cost-sharing applies for vaccines.

    The Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Kansas Department of Health and Environment are all excellent sources of information.

    If you have questions about specific symptoms you are experiencing, or about your personal health, please contact your in-network provider.