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Extension of Emergency Orders on COVID-19 Testing and Surprise Billing


On December 20, 2021, Commissioner Kreidler issued orders further extending emergency orders 20-01 and 20-06. Emergency Order 20-01, which has been extended through January 28, 2022, requires health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for COVID-19 testing. The order also requires insurers to allow a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.

Emergency Order 20-06, which has also been extended through January 28, 2022, protects consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The order also encourages insurers to report out-of-network labs that are not publishing or honoring the cash price of COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

These orders apply to insurers but provide employers with information about the continued coverage of COVID-19 testing.

Further Extending Emergency Order 20-01 »

Further Extending Emergency Order 20-06 »