No one should hesitate to get tested or treated for COVID-19 because of concerns about costs.

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From expanding public health capacity, to ensuring access to testing, to taking action to mitigate the economic and societal impact, these are serious and significant times. Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic will require a far-reaching and coordinated response from government and the private sector. All stakeholders in our health care system must work together to fight this virus.

Health insurance providers are taking decisive actions to help patients and curb the spread of the virus, including:

  • proactively eliminating patient cost-sharing for
    COVID-19 testing – no copay, no coinsurance required.

  • covering the doctor visits and treatments needed to recover from this disease. Several health insurance providers are waiving cost-sharing here, too.

  • partnering with hospitals to enhance and accelerate access to care in the most affected and at-risk regions. Health insurance providers are simplifying and accelerating the discharge and transfer of patients from hospitals to the safest available,
    clinically appropriate post-acute care facility or home.

  • waiving prior authorization for those seeking testing or treatment of COVID-19.

  • waiving cost-sharing for telehealth services, and expanding telemedicine programs. This eases the burden on our health system, allowing hospitals to care for people who need it most, while limiting the exposure of health care workers and patients to the disease.

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