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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

NSLHA Members: To discuss experiences, strategies and resources, please join the NSLHA Connects Facebook Group.


New on the Page (Updated April 2, 2020):

  1. ASL Services Video -  Stay home, stay safe:

  2. Nat. Assoc. of the Deaf Video - Communicating with medical personnel during coronavirus:

Local Health Department Information (NEW)

For a comprehensive list of County, City-County and District Health Departments, including website and contact information, click the image above or click here (PDF).

For local health department resources provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, click here.


COVID-19 Resources

Nebraska Total Care - Provider News section:

COVID 19 Recourse/Info page:

WellCare of Nebraska: Click here for the telehealth training guide (Power-Point File).UnitedHealthcare Community Plan:


Telehealth Coverage During COVID-19

For Telehealth coverage information and private insurance provider policies pertaining to telehealth during COVID-19, click here.


Health Protocols

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of coronavirus).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.


Videos (NEW)

ASL Services Video -  Stay home, stay safe:

Nat. Assoc. of the Deaf Video - Communicating with medical personnel during coronavirus:


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Update

We are pleased to announce that Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Nebraska has agreed to cover telehealth for speech therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The following is the statement received from BCBS:

“BCBS NE has heard our provider community and has made the decision to adjust our telehealth policy to cover Physical, Speech and Occupational therapy service. BCBS NE will accept telehealth charges from any credentialed provider with no video component required during this pandemic urgency period. An announcement will be place on our Happening Now section of our webpage later today. Here is the link to our Happening Now section that will be updated:

A provider may bill using E&M codes, therapy codes or telehealth codes and must use the modifier 95 and POS 02 for reimbursement.” 


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Updates

ASHA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates [March 20, 2020], which include:

  • On-the-Job Resources for ASHA Members
  • Volunteer Travel for ASHA Business
  • National Office Status
  • General Tips & Additional Resources

ASHA Telepractice Resources During COVID-19


Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health

The Nebraska DHHS Division of Public Services has made information available on its website,

The site includes Health Care Provider Information and updated Public Service Messages.

An information hotline is available from 8 a.m. CST (7 a.m. MST) - 8 p.m. CST (7 p.m. MST) at (402) 552-6645.

NEW: Executive Orders (Full list at bottom of linked page)

NEW: CMS response to Nebraska 1135 waiver request


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to Ensure Individuals, Issuers and States have Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This action is part of the broader, ongoing effort by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to ensure that all Americans – particularly those at high-risk of complications from the COVID-19 virus – have access to the health benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of this disease.

FAQs for EHB:

CMS is also posting FAQs to the website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to COVID-19 in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients.

Press release:

FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies:

These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.


COVID-19 Updates for Medicaid Clients

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid and Long-Term Care Division is hosting weekly calls, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., to provide updates and answer providers’ questions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To participate, call (888) 820-1398. Use attendee Code: 8559164#. Questions may also be submitted to

For the DHHS provider bulletin issued March 18, click here.

Additional Resources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What you should know:


Situation Updates:

Information for Businesses:

Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:

Information for Families and Households:

Our Impact This Year

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