COVID-19 insurer coverage requirements expire October 31

October 26, 2022

Three emergency orders issued by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler related to insurance coverage for COVID-19 services are scheduled to expire on Oct. 31. The expiration of the emergency orders may affect insurer coverage of certain COVID-19 related services.  These changes include:

  • The order requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles and suspend prior authorization for any consumer requiring testing for COVID-19.
  • The order protecting consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing.
  • The order requiring insurers to cover COVID-19 vaccine counseling.

Hospitals and providers should consider these changes when scheduling services and contact insurers if there are questions regarding a patient’s coverage.  (Andrew Busz,


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