March 3, 2020
Yesterday, Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Robert H. Muriel issued a bulletin on insurance coverage for COVID-19. Related to COVID-19 balance billing and surprise bills, the bulletin says, “The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have agreed to bear the cost of the lab test for the presence of COVID 19. However, it is possible that hospitals will still charge their own fees for collecting the specimens, which then could be billed to the patient or to the patient’s health insurance issuer.”
The bulletin also provides coronavirus-related information on barriers from cost-sharing, prescription drug supply, denial or termination of coverage, travel insurance and public education.
Muriel noted that the bulletin was issued “in recognition of the critical role that health insurance coverage plays in the public’s actual and perceived access to and affordability of healthcare services.”
IHA member are strongly encouraged to read the entire bulletin.