Asuris Northwest Health is providing up to $1.4 million in financial relief to commercial health plan customers through a premium credit. Select fully insured group and individual Asuris health plan customers will receive a credit for a portion of their health care premium on upcoming bills.
“COVID-19 has caused unprecedented stress and economic hardship across eastern Washington,” said Brady Cass, Asuris Northwest Health president. “Considering that some of our members have paid for coverage for care that they were not able to fully access, we’re pleased to offer relief for our members, customers and communities. While much uncertainty remains surrounding this pandemic, we appreciate the support of our regulators in supporting this decision.”
The premium credits are the latest among a number of steps the health plan has taken to support members, employers, providers, business partners and local communities through the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Throughout the pandemic, Asuris has announced a series of significant initiatives to support members, business partners and communities. These include:
- Providing no-cost COVID-19 treatment to fully insured members through December 2020, as well as no-cost testing, and reaching out proactively to high-risk members
- Expanding virtual care services, including primary care and behavioral health, to ensure safe health care access
- Working collaboratively with providers to support them through economic challenges, including expediting claims payments and removing pre-authorizations for select services
- Listening to and collaborating with our customers on solutions such as grace periods and leave-of-absence policies to enable employee coverage to continue – and providing educational events on back-to-work strategies
- Helping community partners on the front lines through investments in programs that aid food security, caregivers and the health care workforce
Asuris’ website, asuris.com/go/covid-19, provides up-to-date information on our COVID-19 response and community support, including expanded resources for self-care as people face mental health challenges.