Kreidler extends emergency orders on COVID testing and surprise billing to May 28

May 13, 2022

On April 26, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended two existing emergency orders through May 28. The orders prohibiting health insurers from applying copays or deductibles on testing for the COVID-19 and protecting consumers from surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 are both extended until May 28.

The order waiving cost-sharing applies to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term, limited-duration medical plans. The order on surprise billing applies to both in-state and out-of-state laboratories when a provider orders diagnostic testing for COVID-19. For more information see the OIC news release. (Andrew Busz, AndrewB@wsha.org).

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