Covid Testing Must Be Available to All for Free, Guidance Says

Feb. 26, 2021, 9:27 PM

Health insurers can’t use medical screening criteria to deny coverage for Covid-19 diagnostic tests to covered people who are asymptomatic and have no known exposure to the respiratory disease, according to a multi-agency guidance issued Friday.

Plans also are prohibited from requiring prior authorization or other medical management for Covid-19 testing, and they can’t seek co-payments or other out-of-pocket cash from patients.

The guidance is intended to clarify questions about private-sector insurers’ responsibilities for covering Covid-19 tests, particularly in situations where people without symptoms and no known contact with the virus want negative test results before visiting family members. At...

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