COVID-19 Insurance Updates

On April 3, 2020, the Department of Insurance issued Regulatory Bulletin 2020-02. As discussed in the March 31, 2020, edition of Compliance Corner, Gov. Ducey issued an executive order instructing the department to clarify the order’s requirements imposed upon health plans of any type in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to that mandate, this regulatory bulletin, which applies to plans issued or delivered in the state, requires those plans to: cover out-of-network lab testing; waive cost sharing for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19 (including office and urgent care visits); and to cover telemedicine services.

On April 16, 2020, the department issued Regulatory Bulletin 2020-04 to all insurers providing health coverage, among other types of coverage. The bulletin encourages insurers to work with insureds to make sure that policies do not lapse, including refraining from cancelling policies due to nonpayment.

The bulletins are primarily directed at insurers. However, employers should also be aware of these developments.

Regulatory Bulletin 2020-02 »
Regulatory Bulletin 2020-04 »