Commercial payers move to cover, waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests

One of the insurance industry's largest trade groups, American's Health Insurance Plans, said its members will cover physician-ordered diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

AHIP made the announcement March 5. The group said its members, which include national commercial payers like Cigna and Anthem, will ease network, referral and prior authorization policies and possibly waive patient cost-sharing for the tests. 

Cigna released its own statement on its coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. The insurer said it will waive copays and cost-sharing for the diagnostic tests. 

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