Superintendent Weekly Update
from the desk of ..... Kathy Amos
May 22, 2020
Budgets, plans due to NCDPI, student and employee safety and all the other numerous deadlines and uncertain concerns and worries…..I had a class of second graders remind me yesterday why we do all of this work. For all of these sweet kids in YCS!
I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with and listening to their stories. They are sooo busy all talking at once and have so much joy to share. (Much much more fun than any of my other Zoom meetings:) From showing me their books, dinosaurs, superhero masks, to making a birdhouse for mamaw, to fighting with brothers and sisters and missing talking to their friends at school, they did not hold back! I so needed kids laughter and a reminder that through it all, we will get through this time in our lives. Thank you all for taking such good care of our kids.
A Message from the Treasurer
I wanted to speak with you, as fellow State Health Plan members, about the Plan, its benefits and how we can all work together to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 virus.
As many of you know, I have personal experience with this virus including a five-day hospitalization having recovered with the support of my family, faith and medical team. I continue to be impressed by the commitment to public service you have all shown in this crisis by keeping essential services in place and continuing to meet the needs of our fellow state residents, all while caring for your own families, friends and communities.
We’ve created a special Coronavirus Updates page on the State Health Plan website at www.shpnc.org. Please familiarize yourself with these benefits, which include free COVID-19 testing and treatment, coverage of tele-health provider visits where offered and other items.
As a reminder, the Plan is waiving:
- The costs for the COVID-19 test regardless of site of service (where you receive the test, in-person or virtual) to ensure there are no cost barriers to testing. Screening visits will not be subject to your deductible or coinsurance, even if your deductible has not been met.
- The cost of treatment for members diagnosed with COVID-19, including associated deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.
- The early medication refill limits on 30-day prescription for maintenance medications only. Member cost-sharing will apply as normal.
Additionally, many providers are now offering tele-health or virtual visits. These types of visits are covered under your Plan benefits. The applicable copay for a Primary Care Provider (PCP) office visit will apply.
Those of you who teach, protect and otherwise serve, are answering the call of duty by recognizing the opportunities around us to combat COVID-19 and lay the groundwork for the recovery that is coming. May you and your loved ones stay safe and secure in these difficult times. Remember these challenges will not last forever. In the meantime, thank you for all you are doing!
Dale R. Folwell, CPA