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We're all in this together.

As members of the healthcare community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is doing our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We care deeply about the health and safety of Kansans. We are doing everything we can to make sure you have access to the care you need, that claims are paid and that questions are answered.

Vaccine information

Everyone in Kansas is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out what it will cost, where you can get it and other helpful information.

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Testing and treatment coverage

We’ve got answers to some common questions regarding testing and treatment coverage and how it applies to you.

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Symptoms and care

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, it’s important to know the symptoms and when you should seek emergency care.

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Making a difference for Kansas

At Blue Cross, we care deeply about the health and safety of our communities. And as members of our healthcare community, we feel compelled to make a difference in any way we can.

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Keeping your business healthy.

We know that hardships have fallen on many employers. And we are here for you to ease some of the burden around insurance premiums during this time.

Frequently asked questions

Learn what we are doing to help ease your stress and maintain your company’s health insurance coverage.

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Using short-term disability coverage for COVID-19

Disability insurance can ease the burden for you and your employees with income replacement and peace of mind so if the unexpected happens, they can focus on getting better and back to work.

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Continuing life insurance coverage

Offering life insurance as part of your employer-sponsored benefits is one way to provide protection for the people who depend on you for financial support.

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Continuing health coverage: COBRA and state continuation

If you are an employer who provides health benefits, your employees have options if they would lose their health insurance due to termination, reduction in hours or a change in their family status.

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Helping our healthcare family.

The healthcare community is being pushed to their limits. As a member of our family, we are here to lend a helping hand.

Provider communications

Check out the latest provider newsletters that highlight changes to our COVID-19 coverage.

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Vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccines will be available soon. Find out who will be able to get it first, what it will cost and other helpful information.

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  • Information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine

    Is the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine safe?

    Yes, the vaccine is safe and approved by the federal government for use. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have gone through the same rigorous safety assessment as all vaccines before being authorized for use in the United States by the FDA. When it comes to safety, you can rest assured there have been no shortcuts.

    Researchers have studied vaccines for decades and they've found that our bodies recognize parts of the virus, and then can build a response (antibody) to protect us from the disease. This means the vaccine helps our bodies remember how to fight the virus if we're infected in the future. For more information, visit the KDHE website.

    It seems like the vaccine was developed super quickly. Is it as safe as other vaccines I’ve gotten?

    COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same rigorous safety assessment as all vaccines before being authorized for use in the United States by the FDA. These trials also included people from diverse racial and ethnic groups. When it comes to safety, you can rest assured there have been no shortcuts.

    Does the vaccine contain the actual virus and can I get sick from it?

    The COVID-19 vaccine doesn't contain the virus, nor does it contain anything that would cause a person to get infected with COVID-19. Instead, the vaccine works to enable your body and your immune system to defend itself against the virus.

    If I get the vaccine are there any side effects?

    Side effects from the vaccine are completely normal and a sign that the vaccine is working. It shows that your body is developing a response to fight COVID-19. It is not a sign that you have been infected. Like with anything introduced into your body, there could be mild side effects such as headache, vaccine injection site pain or fatigue. However, the vaccine has been designed to have as minimal side effects as possible. In fact, if you have any symptoms at all, they usually last for a day or two at most.

    Why do I have to wear the mask even after getting the vaccine?

    After getting vaccinated, continuing to social distance and wear face masks will prevent the spread of illness to others. Why? Because experts are still learning about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions. So keep on masking and social distancing, you're doing the right thing.

    How will getting vaccinated help my community?

    Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help limit the risks of serious illness and death from the virus. As more people get vaccinated, the whole community becomes more protected.

    Why do I need the vaccine if everyone around me is getting it?

    Herd immunity is the ultimate goal, right? Yes, but that's achieved when a large portion of our entire population has been vaccinated. Current estimates are that at least 85% of our population will need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Many adults have medical conditions that will prevent them from getting the vaccine even if they want it. So, it's up to us to keep them protected by doing our part and getting the vaccine for them.

  • Is the vaccine effective in preventing COVID-19?

    How can I prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Is there a vaccine or treatment?

    A vaccine is now available to all Kansans. In addition to receiving the vaccine, preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, wearing a mask, practicing safe social distancing and washing your hands often, are the best ways to prevent the virus. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the KDHE website.

    Just how effective is this mRNA vaccine?

    The currently authorized mRNA vaccines are 94% effective against preventing serious illness from the virus, as demonstrated in large studies that included people from diverse racial and ethnic groups. This is an incredibly powerful effectiveness rate, so you can feel good about it keeping you safe.

    Will the vaccine work for everyone?

    The COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available were studied across a population of diverse ages, races, and sexes and were found to be 94% effective. So, across the U.S., every family and neighborhood can expect effectiveness and protection. You can learn more about the vaccine specifics on the CDC website.

  • Information about who can and where to receive the vaccine

    Will the vaccine be available to everyone?

      The COVID-19 vaccine initially was in limited supply, but Kansas has now moved into phase five, allowing all Kansans the ability to receive the vaccine.
    • Phase one – healthcare workers and residents or patients of long-term care facilities, senior housing or LTC-supported independent living, workers critical to pandemic response continuity
    • Phases two – persons aged 65+, those living or working in congregate settings, high-contact critical workers
    • Phase three – persons aged 16-64 with severe medical risks, other critical workers
    • Phase four – persons aged 16-64 with other medical risks
    • Phase five – rest of the population aged 16-64

    The most up-to-date information can be found on the KDHE website. Each county, through local health departments, will decide how their limited supply of the doses will be allocated by population groups. Signing up for the vaccine is expected to take place on a local county level, not on a state level. The Governor and KDHE recommend for eligible Kansans to contact their local health departments to learn more about when they will begin to vaccinate phase two populations and how they will prioritize within that group or anyone remaining in phase one who has yet to receive the vaccine.

    Where can I get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

    Signing up for the vaccine is expected to take place on a local county level, not on a state level. KDHE recommends that eligible Kansans contact their local health departments to learn more about when they will begin to vaccinate phase two populations and how they will prioritize within that group or anyone remaining in phase one who has yet to receive the vaccine. Not every medical provider will be able to provide the vaccine. You can now view vaccine distribution locations in your area by using https://vaccinefinder.org/search/. Other helpful sites with county-specific information are https://www.vaccinespotter.org/KS/ and https://www.wibw.com/2021/01/17/covid-19-resources/.

    Do I really need two shots?

    Most of the vaccines available require two shots. Like many childhood vaccines, getting both doses is crucial to the vaccine working. It's the same with the COVID-19 vaccine. The first shot starts to build immunity, the second shot ensures maximum protection. By getting both shots, we protect not only ourselves, but those around us. Currently, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

    Will the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine be available for children?

    More studies will need to be completed before a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for children.

    Where can I find more information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

    You can find more information on the KDHE website and the CDC website.

  • Cost and coverage information

    What will the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine cost?

    The vaccine will be available to all Americans free of charge. The federal government is funding the cost of the vaccine. Certain vaccine providers may charge an administration fee for giving the shot, but that cost will not be passed on to the patient, regardless if they have insurance or not. BCBSKS will cover that cost for our members. Any member that receives a bill for the administration fee for the vaccine should submit a claim to BCBSKS. Providers will be able to get reimbursed for the uninsured population through a government relief fund. For more information about the vaccine, visit the KDHE website.


Knowing the differences between coronavirus, cold, flu, and allergies

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, it’s important to know how it may affect you and how it compares with other illnesses. That way, if you begin to have symptoms, you can contact your doctor promptly.

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COVID-19 vaccine: myth vs. fact

Earlier this month, the third SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine was authorized to prevent and decrease the serious health impact and death associated with this devastating disease. For those of us who have been waiting for our turn to get a vaccine, this comes as welcome news.

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Mental health support

It’s normal to feel worried during times of stress, and many people struggle with anxiety in the best of times. Those feelings have been amplified for many during these unusual times we are living through together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Resources and tools

Stay updated on some of the latest information from trusted sources. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas updated COVID-19 response.

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