CoronaVirus (COVID-19)

* Updated 2/18/2021

Medi-Share members who are seeking to get the COVID-19 vaccine should indicate they are “uninsured” when registering or showing up for appointments. In order to avoid getting balanced billed for the vaccine, members should:

  • Make sure to identify as uninsured (as Medi-Share is not insurance), and
  • Go through their local health department, or
  • Go through a provider who participates in the Provider Relief Fund (CARES Act)

The federal government has stated that uninsured Americans should have access to zero-cost COVID-19 vaccines due to the existence of the Provider Relief Fund. So, as a Medi-Share member, if your provider is asking for payment for the vaccine, ask them about this program—or consider seeking out another vaccine provider who can utilize the Provider Relief Fund to ensure you can be vaccinated without undue financial hardship.

Making decisions about the vaccine can be challenging. Throughout the pandemic, our Medical Director, Dr. Greene has stayed abreast of the latest medical information, as well as the CDC guidelines, whenever relaying information or making recommendations for our employees or members. Check out more information here.

Here are previous articles from our Medical Director concerning COVID-19:

2/27/20 - What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

3/12/20 - Lifecycle of a Pandemic

3/17/20 - Flatten the Curve

3/27/20 - Monitoring Our Progress

4/3/20 - Pace Yourself and Take Care of Yourself

4/17/20 - We've Reached the Peak, Now What?

5/1/20 - Opening Up America Again

7/2/20 - COVID-19 Update; Checking In

 

Government Resources 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

New Legislation

The Emergency Families First Response to Coronavirus Act (H.R. 6201)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

Small Business Resources

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Small Business Administration (SBA)


Disclaimer: Medi-Share does not endorse any resource listed nor can Medi-Share provide legal or tax advice to our members. The programs or websites listed are programs and services that may be available. Please consult an attorney or tax professional for questions about the federal programs that may be available to you.

 

We're Here for You

As a ministry, we continue to pray fervently for you, our Medi-Share family. We also continue to provide you with regular email updates as well as blog updates from our Medical Director, along with practical information about your membership, so make sure you are checking your email, our blog, and our website regularly.

Here are some of the measures we are taking to be here if you need to access the Medi-Share program and support from other members due to COVID-19 or other health-related issues: 

1. Member Access & Support – You will continue to have access to our telehealth provider at no cost. If you think you may be having symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever plus cough and/or shortness of breath, we encourage you to use free telehealth through our provider-MDLive. This gives you 24/7 access to a board-certified physician who can help you determine if further care or testing is recommended before exposing yourself and/or others to the virus. Register now, instead of waiting until you need it.  

If advanced care for COVID-19 is recommended, know that:

    • All COVID-19 related medical bills including lab testing (which includes COVID-19 test kits) will be eligible for sharing once your Annual Household Portion has been met.
    • If the telehealth physician refers you to seek care for COVID-19, the $35 office/urgent care provider fee or the $200 emergency room provider fee (if the telehealth provider recommends the ER) will be waived.

2. Protecting Employees & Our Ability to Serve You – We remain open from 8am – 9pm EST Monday – Friday. With the majority of our 700 employees still working remotely, we continue to handle calls daily to assist members and providers in anything related to the Medi-Share program from pre-notifications, to bill sharing questions, to care management, or health & wellness coaching. Our team is here to guide and support you in prayer.

We are proud to serve you, the members of Medi-Share, and will continue to provide updates regarding COVID-19 as the situation evolves. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones as we embrace the opportunity to be salt and light in our communities.  

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 

+ Is testing and treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) eligible for sharing?

Yes. Testing and treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible for sharing, like costs for any testing or treatment of a confirmed illness, based on the Medi-Share Guidelines. Members should utilize free telehealth as their first route of care and, if further treatment is recommended, utilize PHCS providers when appropriate.

+ What should members do if they are sick?

If members are feeling sick with fever >100.4° and cough or shortness of breath, they should utilize their free MDLive telehealth service first to help determine the necessary next steps.

As part of your Medi-Share membership, you have free access to 24/7 Telehealth. You can speak to a Board certified physician from the comfort of your home to review symptoms and get advice regarding any further steps.

+ How do I use MDLive?

You will continue to have access to MDLive, our contracted telehealth provider, at no cost. MDLive gives you 24/7 access to a board-certified physician who can help you determine if further care or testing is recommended before exposing yourself and/or others to the virus. If you have not yet registered or set up your account for MDLive, please visit MyChristianCare.org/mdlive and register now before you need care. If you are already set up with an account on MDLive, simply login to schedule your virtual call.

Click the link at the top for the full list of Frequently Asked Questions.