Insurers Sound Alarm Over Increasingly Pricey COVID-19 Tests

With the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse than ever, health insurers are facing an uncertain level of exposure to testing costs. That’s because payers and plan sponsors are on the hook for the entire cost of coronavirus tests — which can vary widely — and they could be required to pay for even more testing depending on the strategy that the Biden administration plans to pursue.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act require plan sponsors to pay all in- and out-of-network claims for diagnostic and antibody testing services. The CARES Act says those claims must be paid at a listed “cash price,” which essentially allows labs to name a price for test processing.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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