October 25, 2022
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Three emergency orders issued by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler related to insurance coverage and COVID-19 expire on October 31. The order protects consumers by requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for consumers who require testing for COVID-19. From receiving sudden bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic tests, to demanding insurance companies cover his COVID-19 vaccine counseling, everything will be done once the Washington state emergency ends. Expired.
Kreidler’s order exemptions apply to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term, limited-term medical plans. When the provider orders a diagnostic test for her COVID-19, the surprise billing order applies to both in-state and out-of-state laboratories. Insurers also had to:
- Allows one-time early refills of prescription drugs.
- Suspend pre-approval requirements for treatment or testing for COVID-19.
Additionally, if an insurer’s network does not have enough health care providers to provide testing and treatment for COVID-19, the policyholder may seek treatment at no additional cost from another provider within a reasonable distance. I had to make it available.
“I am issuing these orders to provide guidance to insurance companies and to reassure the public that we will take all necessary steps to protect them,” Kreidler said.
Kreidler issued its first orders on March 3, 2020. This is because the need for flexibility and additional protection for consumers has become apparent.