March 17, 2020
On March 5, 2020, the Department of Insurance published Bulletin 2020-2, which relates to coverage of screening and testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the bulletin, fully insured plans in California must immediately eliminate cost sharing (including but not limited to copayments, deductibles and coinsurance) for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 and associated hospital, emergency department, urgent care and provider office visits where the purpose of the visit is to be screened and/or tested for COVID-19. The bulletin also reminds plans and administrators that California law requires emergency care without prior authorization, whether that care is at an in-network or out-of-network hospital.
The bulletin is directed towards carriers, but employers should be aware of these developments.
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