As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Health Insurers Ease Access to Testing

As the number of known COVID-19 cases continues to increase in the U.S., reaching over 1,600 on March 13, health insurers are taking action to help their enrollees access testing and treatments. A majority of reported cases are in Washington, New York and California, where state governments have issued guidance to health insurance providers regarding testing and treatment coverage. Below are some key measures taken by insurers, based on a roundup compiled by America’s Health Insurance Plans (may not capture all actions or all insurers taking action):

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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