Insurers are voluntarily covering the diagnostic testing of the coronavirus, according to the Board of Directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Health insurers will cover needed testing when ordered by a physician. They are taking action to ease network referral and prior authorization requirements, and/or waiving patient cost-sharing, AHIP said.
AHIP said it is also working with public and private-sector partners so that out-of-pocket costs are not a barrier to people seeking testing and treatment for COVID-19.
The trade association is also working with state and federal policymakers to provide more guidance and flexibility for preventive services, benefit design and treatment options.
In a separate statement, Cigna said its customers will have access to coronavirus testing, as prescribed by health practitioners, and the company will waive all co-pays or cost-shares to help fight the rapid spread of the virus. Cigna will cover the medical test similar to a preventive benefit