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Broker News | December 2014 | Vol. 9 No. 13
Broker News | December 2014 | Vol. 9 No. 13

New York State Ostomy Equipment and Supplies Mandate

Effective January 1, 2015, in accordance with the New York State Ostomy Equipment and Supplies mandate, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will cover ostomy equipment and supplies for its commercial lines of business, subject to applicable cost-sharing (copayments/deductibles and coinsurance), when the equipment and/or supplies are prescribed by a physician. Ostomy equipment and supplies are provided under members’ medical benefit.

While this is a new mandate, it is important to note that many of our members already have this coverage under their benefit plan;  therefore most of your clients will not be impacted. The few employer groups who need to add coverage for ostomy equipment and supplies will be contacted directly.

Important note: Implementation of this mandate applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2015.  If your clients have any questions about this mandate and their coverage, please direct them to contact Customer Care.

If you have any questions, please contact your account consultant.


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