DC Acting Insurance Commissioner Woods Issues New Coverage Requirements for COVID-19

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On March 20, 2020, Acting Commissioner Karima Woods of the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking issued an emergency order directing health insurance companies in the District of Columbia to (1) cover treatment for COVID-19 with no cost-sharing; and (2) waive cost-sharing for diagnosis, testing, and treatment for COVID-19 for out-of-network providers if there is an unreasonable delay for in-network providers. For more information, click here.

Prior to this announcement, the DC health insurance exchange published a guide for consumers that includes details about the services that each DC health plan covers. This guide includes information about coverage and cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostics, whether health plans provide coverage of COVID-19 treatments, whether health plans will allow enrollees to get early refills of their medications, and the types of telehealth services available under each health plan, and more. Click here to access the guide.

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