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Governor Whitmer, insurance companies announce cost for testing for Coronavirus will be fully covered

Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Posted at 8:48 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 14:04:10-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the Michigan Medicaid program will waive copays and cost-sharing for testing and health care treatment related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The move comes as a number of insurers announced they will fully cover the cost of medically-necessary COVID-19 tests. Those insurers include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, CVS Health, McLaren, and Meridian.

“So far we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan, however we must take steps to ensure every Michigander has access to the care they need to combat the spread of this disease,” said Governor Whitmer in a news release. “That’s why the State of Michigan is stepping up by waiving fees for testing and treatment associated with coronavirus. I also want to applaud the leadership of insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Priority Health, CVS Health, McLaren, and Meridian for waiving copays and deductibles for coronavirus testing. I strongly encourage all health insurers in Michigan to follow suit to help protect public health and protect families’ pocketbooks.”

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.