Independence Blue Cross takes steps to help members affected by Hurricane Dorian

By September 1, 2019September 25th, 2019Announcements, Company News, Coverage, Press Releases

Philadelphia, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is taking extra measures to help its members in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian.

For members impacted by Hurricane Dorian in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Virginia Independence will alter some of its policies now through September 30, 2019. Specific steps include:

  • Waiving precertification, referral, and hospital admission requirements for medically necessary care for fully insured members. Independence is also working closely with self-funded groups to ask for their flexibility in waiving these same requirements.
  • Working closely with hospitals, doctors, and urgent care facilities to ensure members who may not have access to their usual physicians and facilities have access to emergent and urgent care services anywhere they need it.
  • Lifting prescription refill restrictions, such as the “refill too soon” limit, and allowing members who receive prescriptions via mail order to get prescriptions at a retail pharmacy.
  • Providing replacement of medical equipment or supplies for members.
  • Offering free confidential counseling service and other resources to employer customers through Magellan Health Services for employees coping with stress and trauma they may have experienced as a result of this emergency situation. Additionally, Magellan is offering a toll-free Information Resource Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all Independence members, to help callers cope and maintain good mental health during the recovery. Members can access this information at 1-800-327-7451.

Independence members with questions about care and medication needs are encouraged to contact the company’s Customer Service team beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583). Independence employees are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can ensure that members have uninterrupted access to the health care services they need during this emergency situation and the aftermath.

Independence members can also access their personal health information and print replacement ID cards on the Independence Blue Cross secure member portal at

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 8 million people nationwide. For more than 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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