NYS orders health care providers to waive costs for people getting tested for coronavirus

Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 20:06:28-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State is ordering health care providers to waive cost-sharing for coronavirus testing. That includes emergency room, urgent care and office visits.

The governor also announced anyone with covered by Medicaid will not be expected to pay a co-pay for any testing related to COVID-19.

"We have the best health-care system in the world, and we are leveraging that system including our state-of-the-art Wadsworth testing lab to help contain any potential spread of the novel coronavirus in New York," Governor Cuomo said. "Containing this virus depends on us having the facts about who has it - and these measures will break down any barriers that could prevent New Yorkers from getting tested."

The new regulation officially prohibits insurers from imposing cost-sharing on an in-network provider officer visit or urgent care center when the purpose of the visit is to be tested for COVID-19. It also prohibits insurers from imposing cost-sharing on an emergency room visit.