U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference today (March 10, local time) that U.S. health insurers will waive the cost of testing the new coronavirus and bear the associated costs of treatment,media reported. In addition, Medicare (The U.S. government’s health insurance for people over 65) and Medicaid (the U.S. government’s health insurance for the poor) will also pay a portion of the cost that is not shared.
The CEOs of several major insurance companies, including Anthem, Cigna, Humana and Aetna, attended the White House briefing. The companies said they were not surprised to pay for the costs associated with the new coronavirus. Details of these policies are not yet known.
“As the scale of the trial grows, we want to make sure that the American people know that they can be tested and that they don’t get into the way,” Pence said at the meeting. “
Although the number of tests available in the United States has increased compared to a few weeks ago, the number of tests available in the lab on a daily basis is still very limited. Analysis shows that only a few thousand people in the country have been tested for the virus, and those who think they may be infected are still difficult to detect.
Pence also said at a news conference that health insurance also includes costs associated with tele-care. In response, the big insurance companies agreed to the policy.
There have been nearly 1,000 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States, and public health officials expect that number to continue to rise.