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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and resources

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Last updated: April 5, 2021
 
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has impacted all of us. We want to make sure you have the latest information about your benefits, how to get the care you need, and how to find local help and resources.

COVID-19 Vaccines

As new information about COVID-19 vaccines is released, we’ll be here to answer your questions. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine. Activate your online account to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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Each state will decide how and when to distribute vaccines.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations in Georgia

See more COVID-19 FAQs at bottom of page.

Focusing on your health

These temporary changes have been put in place to make it easier for you to focus on your health and those you care about.

As part of the state’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, you do not need to take immediate action at this time to continue receiving existing benefits that would otherwise expire–your benefits are being automatically extended for the moment.

If you received a notice that your renewal is due, you do not have to submit it. You will get a new notice when your renewal is due again. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at
1-877-423-4746 or Amerigroup Member Services at 1-800-600-4441.

Please note: DFCS offices are temporarily closed. You are encouraged to access your Gateway account or apply for benefits online by visiting Georgia Gateway.

If you have a medicine with no refills left and your doctor can’t be reached by your local pharmacy to approve the refill, you will be able to get a one-time 90-day supply of your medicine. The use of the 90-day emergency approval will be determined by the pharmacist and doesn’t apply to prescriptions for certain controlled substances.

If you have any questions about your benefits, we’re here for you. Call Member Services at 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time, or log in to your account to send us a secure message.

Getting the care you need

See a doctor without leaving home

Telehealth is a doctor visit through video chat or over the phone. It allows you to take care of your health while keeping you and others safe. Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor. Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24/7 NurseLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the number on your ID card.

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Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

With Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) services, you can use face-to-face video chat for visits with specialists, behavioral health providers and others. You can see your doctor for checkups, medication checks and counseling. You can also schedule sick visits for things like colds, flu and fevers, rashes, sinus problems and allergies.

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Find a COVID-19 test site

Use this tool to quickly locate testing sites near you. Just enter your state and county.

Take care of your mental health

You might be feeling anxious or stressed with all of the information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever.

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myStrength

myStrength is an online tool that can help you lower your stress and improve your mental health. As an Amerigroup member, you can use this tool at no cost to you.

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Psych Hub

Psych Hub offers free online resources and videos to help you manage stress, talk to children about coronavirus disease 2019, cope with job loss and other COVID-19 challenges.

Finding resources you may need


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Free or low-cost services near you

Use our Community Resource Link for local help finding food, housing and other things you might need.

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Free smartphone from SafeLink Wireless®

SafeLink offers free smartphones with data, texts and minutes to those who qualify. Use your phone to keep up with important information, use telehealth services, and stay in touch with family and friends.

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Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized some COVID-19 vaccines and is working quickly to approve others. Learn more here.

Each state will decide how and when to distribute vaccines. People at most risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing complications of illness will likely receive vaccinations first. Right now, the CDC recommends that healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes and long-term-care facilities be the first Americans to receive the vaccine. Vaccination should be more widely available in early to mid-2021. We will keep you updated.

The CDC is working closely with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to make sure vaccines are available.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Many thousands of people across the United States took part in research trials over many months. These trials show the FDA whether a vaccine is safe and effective, which it must be certain of before it will authorize or approve a vaccine for public use.

Researchers studied vaccine reactions and potential side effects throughout the trials. Their studies will continue after the vaccine receives approval. The FDA, CDC, and vaccine manufacturers will continue to monitor safety and quality.

No. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have Medicaid with us, you can activate your online account to get updates on COVID-19 vaccines.

Download the Amerigroup mobile app from Google Play or the App Store.

Yes. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you could still benefit from the vaccine. You can talk to your primary care provider to see what they recommend. The CDC also has information about the benefits of the vaccine.

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An airway and lung infection, similar to a cold.

Similar to a cold or the flu. Mild to severe fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being around someone who has COVID-19.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at cdc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information. If you are traveling, visit cdc.gov for the CDC’s most current travel guidelines.

Good health habits can also help prevent and fight COVID-19. Here are some tips:

  • Washing your hands is the best way to avoid getting sick:
    • Wash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If you can’t use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect items and surfaces you touch often with regular household cleaning spray or a wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away the tissue.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Older adults, people with disabilities, and people with diabetes or who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. We will support you and help you get the care you need.

If you’re caring for someone, be sure visitors take care to avoid causing any extra risk to you or them — keep hand sanitizer by the door, or ask visitors to wash their hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer before and after touching or feeding someone, or touching any mobility devices or equipment.

Here’s what the CDC says about wearing a face mask.

Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a cough, or have difficulty breathing. Tell them if you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you live in or have been to an area where the virus has spread.

Your plan will pay for telehealth visits with your doctor.

Can’t reach your doctor? Call our 24-hour Nurse HelpLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the number on your ID card.

If you have a Medicaid plan with us, you do not have to pay anything for the COVID-19 test or the doctor visit to get the test. The visit and test are covered whether you get care in a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency department.

No, prior authorization is not required for COVID-19 testing.

You should try to see your primary care provider (PCP) or a doctor in your plan. If your doctor offers telehealth visits, your plan will pay for those, too.

We will pay for care you get from doctors outside your plan (called “out of network”) as long as the services are medically needed.

No. If you have Medicaid from us, your plan covers sick visits and tests.

Do you have medicines you take regularly? Amerigroup is temporarily allowing members to receive an early refill of their medications to ensure that member have an uninterrupted supply of medication. Call the Pharmacy Member Services number on your ID card if you have any questions.

Your health is important. Don’t stop taking your medicines as prescribed, and get your refills on time.