New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state’s financial services department is asking the state’s health insurance companies to waive the cost-sharing associated with the new coronavirus COVID-19 test, and other states may want to follow suit,media reported. The move is said to pave the way for low-cost emergency rooms, emergency care and access to hospitals for patients who fear the virus.
The governor also said New Yorkers who receive medical test coverage will have to share the cost of any tests associated with the new corona virus with insurance companies. The measures are designed to make testing an obstacle by ensuring that the state’s residents don’t have to worry about the cost. The tests being conducted at the state’s Wadsworth lab are fully covered.
In addition, Cuomo’s administration outlined other actions that health insurers would be required or recommended for, such as informing New Yorkers of benefits available, providing telemedicine advice and treatment, and making insurers bear the cost of vaccinations when the vaccine is available.
“We have the best health care system in the world, and we are using it, including our state-of-the-art Wadsworth testing laboratory, to help curb any potential spread of this new coronavirus in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. Stopping the virus depends on the fact that we know who is infected with it — and these measures will break any barriers that might prevent New Yorkers from being tested. “