The US Vice President Mike Pence has corrected the President, who earlier announced that the representatives of the health insurance industry have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, clarifying that insurers have agreed to waive copays only for COVID-19 tests, not for the treatment, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Earlier this week, I met with the leaders of the health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing,” Trump had announced on March 11.
Yet, Mike Pence’s declaration on a meeting held on March 10 shows that, in fact, health insurance companies agreed to waive all copayments for COVID-19 tests, without mentioning the treatments.
“All the insurance companies here ― either today or before today — have agreed to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans,” Pence pointed out.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a major insurance industry group, also reacted to Trump’s declaration, asserting that the companies will only wave copays for testing.
A spokesperson from AHIP said that it will be valid only “for testing, not for treatment”.
“UnitedHealthcare waived all member cost-sharing, including copays, coinsurance, and deductibles, for COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at approved locations in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for all commercial insured, Medicaid and Medicare members,” the health insurance companies read in their statement.
According to this statement adding the AHIP is supporting self-insured customers choosing to implement similar actions.
Up to this point, there are 174,085 persons infected with coronavirus worldwide, while 6,684 have died. From COVID-19, 77,866 persons are totally recovered.
In the USA, up to 3,807 cases have been identified with the virus, while 69 persons have died.
On March 13, 2020, the US president banned the entry for 26 European countries, part of Schengen Zone due to the coronavirus outbreak. Trump’s decision came as a preventive measure for COVID-19.