We want to make sure you have up to date information about the New York statewide monkeypox virus disaster emergency declaration and its provisions for member cost sharing. To help you manage claim administration and patient billing, here’s a quick overview of the governor’s executive orders.
Effective Aug. 28, 2022, UnitedHealthcare will temporarily cover monkeypox virus initial diagnosis and vaccine administration without cost sharing (copay, coinsurance or deductible) during the state’s disaster emergency period. This applies specifically to commercial and Community Plan (Medicaid) members as outlined below.
Treatment for the monkeypox virus is covered according to the patient’s health plan. Cost share may be imposed for any treatment or follow up care.
As outlined by the New York State Department of Health, health care professionals and laboratories are prohibited from collecting any cost share (copay, coinsurance or deductible) from patients for these services. Please update your patient intake and billing processes, as needed, to help ensure members aren’t charged for these items during the disaster emergency.
If you have questions or need additional information:
The monkeypox virus emergency order is currently in effect through Oct. 27 , 2022. The end date of the emergency order may be extended, based on public health data trends. We encourage you to monitor the New York State Department of Health for updates.
Thank you for your continuous efforts to keep our members healthy and informed.