Anthem is committed to supporting consumers and care providers as we face the challenges of COVID-19. One critical area of need is testing. We recognize how important it is to increase access to COVID-19 testing in order to identify, monitor and provide early interventions to support the health and safety of our communities, and ultimately prevent the further spread of the virus.
As part of our coordinated response, several of Anthem’s affiliated health plans took swift action and collaborated with local care providers to make it easier for consumers to access tests and expand local capacity:
- New York City is one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 crisis, and our affiliated health plan in New York is proud to support the city with mobile testing units. Recognizing the need for bringing testing directly to consumers, they identified available vehicles and repurposed them for care providers to use. In collaboration with the Chinese American Independent Practice Association, the health plan is providing safe access to vital testing for those who live in all five New York City boroughs at no cost. Over the next several weeks, these units will move around the city to maximize our ability to serve consumers throughout the area.
- Additionally, Anthem’s affiliated health plans in Maine and New Hampshire partnered with ConvenientMD, a local urgent care and medical services provider, to open drive-through COVID-19 testing sites. The collaboration supports a critical need in two of the states’ hardest hit communities and allows consumers to be tested for free, without ever leaving their vehicle. The health plans worked quickly to secure funding for tents, generators, signage and other items, and gain approval to use an empty Anthem parking lot for the Maine test site. As a result, both locations have been able to test hundreds of individuals and screen even more.
The health and safety of consumers is a top priority for our business every day, and we pledge our partnership and leadership to those we serve during this crisis. By increasing access to COVID-19 testing and removing cost barriers, Anthem is helping consumers get the care they need, and providing additional support for those care providers we stand beside.