As of 11:53 a.m., Thursday March 5, 2020, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made an emergency order today as respects Washington state health insurers, requiring them to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer require testing for coronavirus (Covid19).
Insurers must also:
- Allow a one-time early refill for prescription drugs
- Suspend any prior authorization requirement for any diagnosis and treatment of COVID 19
Consumers should check with their primary care doctor or nearest emergency room to determine if your current symptoms are consistent with COVID19.
The order by Commissioner Kreidler was effective as of Thursday, March 5, 2020 and applies to all state regulated health insurance plans and short-term limited duration medical insurance plans. This order shall be in effect until May 4, 2020.
If you have questions or concerns about your specific health issues, contact your primary care physician for further information.
I will continue to provide updates on information related to COVID19 and your specific Medicare insurance plan as new information develops.