Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas provided an update on the Ebola cases in Dallas. While the two current patients have been moved to other health care facilities outside of Texas, we are continuing to monitor the situation, and will provide you with further updates and resources as needed.
Many employers have asked about coverage for Ebola treatment. Standard treatment for Ebola includes hospitalization and treatment with supportive therapy and treating complicating infections. These are covered benefits.
There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs that have been proven to prevent or treat Ebola and no proven drugs or ways to treat it, although hospitals in the United States have successfully treated some patients. Should questions about coverage for specific drugs arise, we will work with providers and authorities with the intent of ensuring that we do what is right for our members.
We understand that you or your employees may have some questions regarding the Ebola virus. Below is some information that you may use to share with your employees:
Information About Ebola Virus
You have likely heard that two health care workers in Dallas contracted the Ebola virus. Those people had close contact with the first patient in the United States who had Ebola. They have been moved to hospitals outside of Texas for treatment.
We know you may have questions about Ebola. The best source of general information on Ebola is the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
What You Should Know About the Ebola Virus
Ebola is a rare disease that poses little risk to you and your family. Health care providers caring for Ebola patients are at the highest risk for Ebola. The virus does not spread through the air, only through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or a contaminated object (such as a needle or syringe). The virus does not live long on surfaces outside the body.
The Ebola outbreak began in West Africa. The recent cases in Dallas were the first in the United States. Only a few other countries outside of West Africa report having a small number of cases. In the United States, everyone who has had contact with a person capable of spreading Ebola is being monitored by public health officials in order to prevent the virus from spreading any further.
There are no FDA-approved vaccines to prevent getting Ebola, and no proven drugs or ways to treat it, although hospitals in the United States have successfully treated some patients.
• Visit the CDC website on Ebola. It includes information about prevention, treatment and risk of exposure.
• Visit the U.S. State Department website if you plan to travel to affected countries.
We will continue to provide you with updates and information as we learn more.