WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says two health insurers are waiving patient payments for coronavirus treatment.
Both Cigna and Humana won’t require many of their customers to make copayments or other forms of cost sharing for COVID-19 care. Health care providers would be reimbursed at the insurers’ in-network rates or Medicare rates.
Cigna said the waived payments would begin Monday and continue through May 31.
The moves could save those patients thousands of dollars, depending on their coverage and how much health care they’ve used so far this year, for treatment for the coronavirus. They come after Aetna last week announced payment waivers for patients for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus.
Many insurers have previously waived patient costs for testing or doctor visits and telemedicine to encourage people with coronavirus symptoms to get help.
"Cigna is taking a number of important actions to help protect against the spread of the virus. We are:
- Waiving customer cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and office visits related to testing through May 31, 2020;
- Waiving customer cost-sharing for telehealth screenings for COVID-19 through May 31, 2020"