Is My Healthcare Provider Covering Coronavirus Testing and Treatments?


March 12th, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, increasing the severity from an "outbreak". This announcement comes as more than 120,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, with over 4,000 deaths. In the United States alone, there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases and at least 30 deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

At least 114 countries have been affected so far with the novel coronavirus, with some taking drastic steps to contain the disease. Italy is experiencing a nationwide lockdown; China is quarantining entire regions; and Canada is planning to spend billions to fight it. Many schools and universities are extending breaks or holding remote classes only and until many countries flatten the curve, these disruptions are likely to continue.

Is My Healthcare Provider Covering Coronavirus Testing and Treatments?

IRS Notice 2020-15

On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment before plan deductibles have been met, without jeopardizing their status. According to the IRS, this also means that individuals with HDHPs that cover these costs may continue to contribute to their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The IRS also noted that any COVID-19 vaccination costs count as preventive care and can be paid for by an HDHP without cost sharing. 

 

Health Plan Coverage Information

To protect the public from the growing spread of COVID-19, many states are directing or encouraging health insurance issuers to cover COVID-19 testing without imposing a deductible or other cost sharing. Some issuers are voluntarily waiving cost sharing for COVID-19 testing, without a state directive.

Do you know what your health insurance provider is doing in response to the coronavirus? We have provided links to the member information for each carrier below so you can make sure you are taking the right steps to be protected and healthy. 

 

 

Your Healthcare Provider Communications 

Questions about your coverage? Contact our Employee Benefits Team below or call 717-761-4600 ext 5. 

 

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Jamie Mowery Lewis

Marketing Executive

Jamie joined the Gunn-Mowery team as their marketing executive in 2016, after previously working as an event coordinator for the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. As the Marketing Executive, she is the main point of contact for external communications, community relations and media inquiries. She takes pride in enhancing the Gunn-Mowery brand, including the website, social media platforms, design and marketing campaigns. Jamie is a member of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series Class of 2019 and is the Chair of the Gunn-Mowery Upside of Giving committee. She attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications



When she’s not in the office, you can find Jamie spending time with family, friends and her beagle, Lexie. She loves being outdoors, whether it’s on her farm, playing golf, relaxing on the beach, or cheering on the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.

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