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The Health Plan to waive costs for COVID-19 testing

WHEELING — The Health Plan announced Thursday it will cover the cost of copays, co-insurance and deductibles for COVID-19 testing for all commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business when recommended by a medical professional.

The insurer’s exclusive independent lab provider, LabCorp., is making its NAA test available for ordering by physicians or authorized health care providers anywhere in the United States. For The Health Plan’s self-funded members, the company will also waive cost-sharing for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19, unless they receive notice in writing of the group’s intent not to implement this temporary relief option.

“Supporting the health and well-being of our members is important to us,” said Jeff Knight, interim president and chief operating officer of The Health Plan. “We want to assure our members that we will do all we can to make health care treatment and services available to them at no additional cost, especially for seniors and people with chronic conditions.”

At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state labs performing the testing are not billing for COVID-19 testing, so members should not incur costs when tested by these labs.

The Health Plan remains committed to ensuring access to medications is available during this time, officials said. Members have multiple options to obtain medication through The Health Plan, including the ability for Medicare and fully-insured members to fill 90-day supplies of long-term medications by mail order or local retail pharmacies. The pharmacy services department will be available to assist with any extenuating circumstances such as ensuring formulary flexibility if medication shortages or access issues arise.

The Health Plan recommends contacting your doctor’s office first if you suspect you might have a flu or coronavirus infection. But to help reduce potential exposure, The Health Plan also encourages members to utilize telemedicine services if they are available as part of a member’s plan. The Health Plan will waive member cost share where applicable for telemedicine visits for the next 90 days.

The Health Plan is providing the latest information on precautions members should take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and who should seek medical attention on its website at healthplan.org.

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