March 16, 2020
Governor updates State Employee Health Plan
Submitted by Communications and Marketing
Gov. Laura Kelly has issued updates for State Employee Health Plan participants, effective immediately for the next 60 days:
- The State Employee Health Plan, or SEHP, will cover medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to the COVID-19 at no cost share to member, where it is not covered as part of the Public Health Service response.
- The SEHP will allow early refills on 30- or 90-day prescription medications and/or allow members to use their mail order benefit.
- Given the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, seeking in-person medical care has the potential to further spread the virus. The SEHP partners with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to provide Telehealth services with a virtual doctor’s office. There is 24/7/365 access to this service. The member cost-share will be waived for any Telehealth service.
Aetna members: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/sehp/vendors/Aetna.htm
BlueCross Blue Shield members: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/sehp/vendors/BCBSKS.htm
- The HealthQuest Health Center available to members enrolled in the health plan, is located at 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka
Phone screening is recommended before going to the center: 785-783-4080
If a patient walks into the clinic, they will have them put on a mask, clean their hands with hand sanitizer. The health center staff will evaluate the patient’s symptoms and recommend they isolate if the initial findings and/or symptoms present are a positive indicator for the virus.
Testing is not available at the health center for COVID-19 and the clinic will refer all patients that meet the risk criteria to the local health department for testing and further evaluation.