Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Offers Services to Members Affected by Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE, La. – Hurricane Ida slammed into southeast Louisiana Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, leaving widespread damage and power outages. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has services available to help members who were affected by Hurricane Ida stay on top of their healthcare needs.

Hurricane Ida services include:

  • Early prescription medicine refills for a limited time. Members who have trouble refilling a prescription can call the Pharmacy number on their ID cards for help.
  • $0 medical telehealth visits through Sept. 6 with BlueCare. During the next week, Blue Cross members can have 24/7 online medical visits using BlueCare, the insurer’s telehealth platform, at no cost by using the code IDA. Members also can have one behavioral health appointment for $0 using the code IDA through Sept. 6.

    BlueCare works on any device with internet and a camera, like a smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer, and is available in all 50 states. Create your BlueCare account at www.BlueCareLA.com or with the BlueCare (one word) mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

    Members should also ask their regular healthcare providers if they offer telehealth services, either online or by phone.
  • Replacing certain medical supplies and equipment such as hearing aids, walkers or prosthetic devices that were damaged in the storm. Members can call Customer Service at the number on their ID cards to report damaged supplies or equipment and see if it can be replaced.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 surge, Blue Cross has waived prior authorization requirements for urgent inpatient admissions and stays at in-network hospitals. This is still in effect and applies to all diagnoses. Coverage is subject to medical necessity as outlined in each member's plan. Members can call Customer Service at the number on their ID cards to ask about how this is covered on their plans. For more information, visit www.bcbsla.com/covid19.

Take precautions against COVID-19 as you clean up damage, seek shelter or evacuate. A statewide mask mandate is in effect for all indoor public places, which includes shelters. If you are staying with or are near people who do not live with you, wear a face mask and keep at least six feet apart to limit the spread of the virus.

Get more health-related hurricane tips, including how to download a digital ID card, at bcbsla.com/hurricanes.

Visit the Blue Cross YouTube channel to see short videos on various health topics, including hurricane preparedness. Subscribe to know when new videos are added. You also can connect with Blue Cross on social media for regular updates. Blue Cross posts frequently on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok.

ABOUT BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF LOUISIANA

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We have been recognized for the past three years as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 35 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through The Health of America Report series and the national BCBS Health Indexsm. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit BCBS.com. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and follow us on Twitter.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 35 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.