This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. To protect its employees and support members, health care providers and employers through the coronavirus, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah is proactive and innovative. Its president, Jim Swayze is here to share details. Jim?
Thank you, Derek. At Regence, we took steps early to keep our employees safe and healthy. Today, 99% of us are working remotely – and we’re getting used to kids and pets popping in on virtual meetings. We’re offering multiple options to help employers we cover to continue employee health benefits. As always, we’re strongly focused on our members. Regence was first in Utah to cover COVID-19 testing at no cost and now, its treatment is fully covered too. We were also first to reimburse for virtual and in-office doctor visits at the same rate to ease pressure on health care providers and minimize infection spread. We’re also paying insurance claims faster, which helps members and providers. In the community, we are proactively supporting nonprofit partners working to address food insecurity due to job losses. As Utah’s first health insurer, we’re here for all we serve.
Regence is a great example of innovative efforts throughout Utah to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on health and financial well-being. More details are available at regence.com. I’m Derek Miller, and this is Speaking on Business.