Coronavirus COVID-19 News and Updates

End of Public Health Emergency

November 2023

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), Valley Health Plan (VHP) offered members enhanced COVID-19 benefits at no cost. The federal PHE for COVID-19 ended on May 11, 2023. Per state guidelines, the following changes will begin on Nov. 12, 2023.

What you need to know

As of Nov. 12, 2023, VHP members may continue to receive COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and therapeutics with no prior authorization or cost-sharing when accessed through in-network doctors and pharmacies.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine at a retail pharmacy

You now have more options when selecting a pharmacy for your COVID-19 vaccine. You may get your vaccine through any retail pharmacy in California except for Walmart and Rite Aid. Examples of pharmacies where you can get your vaccine include Walgreens, Safeway, Costco, and CVS. Please schedule a time in advance with the pharmacy over the phone or online. Remember to bring your VHP ID card.

What’s changing

  • COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and therapeutics are subject to cost-sharing when services are received from an out-of-network provider.
  • For over the counter (OTC) COVID-19 test kits, you can get the kits at an in-network pharmacy. If the in-network pharmacy does not have kits, VHP will reimburse members up to eight OTC at-home COVID-19 tests per month when received from an out-of-network provider. The maximum reimbursement for each test per member is $12. This includes all costs, such as taxes and shipping fees.

Find more information about free COVID-19 vaccines at ValleyHealthPlan.org/flu-and-covid-season-shots. You can also contact Member Services at 1.888.421.8444 or [email protected].        

Information About At-Home OTC COVID-19 Tests

The federal government is now providing four free at-home COVID-19 test kits to each residential address in the U.S. You do not need to be covered by any insurance plan to be eligible. Order your free-test kits from the federal government at COVIDtests.gov. The free test kits are neither provided nor mailed by Valley Health Plan, and we are unable to answer questions about your order. If you have questions about the federal government’s free test kits, please visit COVIDTests.gov     

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COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for Children Under 5 Years Old

July 2022

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old.  In addition, the CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, advising that they are safe and effective.

How Can Your Child Get Vaccinated? 

Contact your child’s doctor for information on where your child can get vaccinated.  Please consult with your child’s doctor first if you have specific questions about your child’s past allergies or existing medical conditions. 

Vaccine Coverage

If you have your child vaccinated, you will be asked to provide your insurance ID information.  VHP will cover Childhood COVID-19 vaccine costs, and you will not be billed.

For More Details Visit

6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
(cdc.gov)

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
(sccgov.org)

VHP (Telehealth) Policy and Recommendations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Emergency.

VHP's healthcare recommendations and prescription refill policy.

COVID-19 Resources: Frequently Asked Questions

 

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