Highmark to cover coronavirus tests

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Delaware’s largest health insurer will cover testing for the coronavirus with the possible exception of self-insured plans.

Highmark issued the following:

“With COVID-19 (or the coronavirus) commanding the news, Highmark understands that this issue is of great concern for our health plan members. In an effort to address the spread of the coronavirus and bring peace of mind to our members, Highmark will cover coronavirus testing, when recommended by a medical professional, for members of our fully-insured group customers, as well as members of our Medicare Advantage and ACA plans. At their discretion, our self-insured health plan sponsors will be able to opt-out of this program.”

The United States is behind other nations in the number of tests done for the virus and there are concerns that if coverage is not offered, less testing will take place.

Highmark is one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross-Blue Shield organizations and also operates hospitals in western Pennsylvania. Health insurance operations are in western Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, and West Virginia as well as Delaware.

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