King’s directive also asks insurers to consider waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 vaccines, when and if they become available.
“I have received several calls from the insurance industry saying, ‘Hey, how can we help?’” King told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I have not seen any insurance company even indicate that they were going to push back.”
King issued his directive a day after state officials announced they were awaiting test results for four new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases. The patients — who are from Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties — have no connections to each other and all of them are hospitalized. Their sources of infections are unknown.
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Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a directive, requiring his state's health insurers to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 tests, including emergency room, urgent care and office visits.
“Containing this virus depends on us having the facts about who has it — and these measures will break down any barriers that could prevent New Yorkers from getting tested,” Cuomo said.