COVID-19: Engaging Private Health Insurance for Coverage, Testing and Treatment

4/15/2020

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As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases continues to rise across the United States, bolstering access to COVID-19 testing and treatment is a growing concern. Federal and state policymakers are taking several steps to lower patients’ costs for COVID-19 testing and treatment. What is the scope of services that are or could be covered through these federal and state mandates? What health insurance plans do these mandates apply to? This webinar will highlight state and federal actions related to insurance coverage and patient cost-sharing for COVID-19, as well as information regarding the type of health insurance plans affected and services covered.

This is the second webinar in a four-part series on COVID-19 and the U.S. health system. In this series, we will explore how various aspects of the U.S. health care system—Medicaid, private health insurance, health workforce and health care facilities—are affected by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar series is sponsored in partnership with The Commonwealth Fund.

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Moderator:
  • Samantha Scotti, senior policy specialist, NCSL Health Program
Speakers:
  • Sabrina Corlette, research professor and co-director, Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR), Georgetown University
  • Lori Wing-Heier, director of insurance, Alaska Division of Insurance & Sarah Bailey, life and health supervisor, Alaska Division of Insurance
  • Jane Beyer, senior health policy advisor, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner