You should get your COVID-19 test for free, state says

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ROUTINE TEST. SO AGAIN, AS CASES ARE INCREASED, THE DEMAND FOR COVID TESTING IS ESPECIALLY HH RIGHT NOW. GULSN: TA BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL HESITANT TO SEEK TESTS ON COMMUNITY TEST SITES, THINKING IT WILL COST A LOT FOR EMTH. MELANIE WINGO FROM KCRA 3 LOOKED FOR THIS. SHE JOINS NOW FROM ETH NEWSROOM WITH MORE ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING A COVID TE. JOURNALIST: THIS IS A PROBLEM KCRA 3 HAS FOLLOWED FOR MONTHS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE GUIDES. THIS EVENING WE CONTACTED THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MANAGED HEALTH CARE. IT INDICATES THAT HETHAL PLANS MUST COVER BOTH PCR AND ANTIGEN TESTS, INCLUDING RAPID TESTS, AT NO CHARGE FOR REGISTRANTS AS THESE TESTS ARE INTENDED TO DETECT COVID-19. THIS IS A FEDERAL GUIDANCE THAT REQUIRES HEALTH PLANS PROVIDING FREE TESTING FOR EVERYONE, YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE SYMPTMS OR BE EXPOSED TO COVID9.-1 YOU DON’T NEED TO BE AN ESSENTIAL WORKER TO BE TESTED. YOU MAY GO TO ANY STATE AUTHORIZED OR APPROVED COVID-19 TESTING PROVIDER. THIS PROVIDER DOES NOT MUST BE IN THE PROVIDER NETWORK OF YOUR HEALTH PLAN OR YOUR HEALTH INSURER. YOU DON’T NEED TO GET AUTHORIZATION FROM YOUR HEALTH PLAN OR HEALTH INSURER BEFORE YOU GET A COVID-19 TE.ST AND YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO MAKE A COVID-1TE CO-PAYMENT .9 AS OF THIS SATURDAY, PEOPLE COVERED BY THE GROUP PRIVATE HEALTH PLANNERS INSURANCE MAY BE REIMBURSED BY THEIR PROVIDER WHEN BUYING AT HOME, FDA APPROVED COVID-19 STTA ACCORDING TO FEDERAL NEWS INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HEALTH PLANS SHOULD COVER 8 FREE AT HOME TESTS FOR SALE AT THE COUNTER PER MEMBER FAMILY PER MONTH. THIS MEANS A FAMILY OF FOUR, ALL ON THE SAME PLAN, COULD GET UP TO 32 OF THESE YOU COVERED BY THEIR HEALTH PLAN PER MONTH. SOMETHING UC DAVIS HEALTH CLINICAL PATHOLOGY PROFESSOR N TRAN SUPPORTS. >> I THINK IT’S GREAT. OBVIOUSLY THE CRUNCH DOESN’T ONLY TRY TO BRING CHILDREN, IT IS ALSO, TO ALLOW THEM. MANY FAMILIES WHO DO A LOT LESS HAVE DIFFICULT TIME FOLLOWING THE COT DU TSES. THIS BECOMES A HIGH ECONOMIC BURDEN, ESPECIALLY THOSE COMMUNITIES WITH LOWER INCOME WHO ALSO HAVE A HIGHER RISK. THEREFORE, ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WE TAKE ON IS MAINTAINING THE POPULATIONS OF ACCESSIBITTOIL THAT NEED IT. JOURNALIST: WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE VEHA HEALTH INSURANCE AND NEED A COVID-19 TEST? ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, VEGORNMENT PAYS FOR ALL NECESSARY COVID-19 TESTS AND CARE WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE RELEASED A LOT OF INFORMATION IN YOUR NIGHT. FOR RESOURCES ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN INVOICE AND NEED HELP RESPONDING. I OR TO FIND COMMUNITY TEST SITES. HEAD TOUO R KCRA WEBSITE

You should get your COVID-19 test for free, state says

Federal government will soon require home testing to be covered by insurance and health plans

Demand for COVID-19 testing is particularly high right now, but some people are still hesitant to search community sites for tests, believing it will cost them a lot of money. This is a problem that KCRA 3 has been tracking for months. For up-to-date information, KCRA 3 contacted the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). It says health plans should cover both PCR testing and antigen testing, including rapid tests, at no cost to registrants. This is because the tests are meant to detect / help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Federal guidelines require health plans to provide testing at no cost to everyone, which means: You don’t need to have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. You don’t have to be an “essential worker” to get tested. You do not need to get authorization from your health insurance plan or health insurer before taking a COVID-19 test. You should not have to pay a co-payment for a test COVID-19. The federal government also announced the following: week: “… as of January 15, 2022, those with private health insurance coverage or covered by a health insurance plan Groups that purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test licensed, licensed, or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those tests covered by their plan or insurance. “Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter home tests per covered person per month.” This means that a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their Medicare plan per month. »There is no limit to the number of tests, including home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following a clinical evaluation, including for those who may need it due to underlying medical conditions. “Access to free home testing is something Nam Tran, professor of clinical pathology at UC Davis Health, supports.” I think it’s great. Obviously, the crunch isn’t just about trying to find kits, it’s also about gifting them. Many families who earn much less find it difficult to meet the cost of these kits, ”Tran explained. “It becomes a huge economic burden – especially in low-income communities which are also at higher risk. So this is one of the biggest challenges we face now is to maintain accessibility to the populations who need it. covid-19 testing and care needed. For more information on what to do if you’ve received an invoice and need help filing a complaint, contact the DMHC Help Center at www.HealthHelp.ca.gov or call 1-888-466-2219.- – Daniel Macht of KCRA 3 contributed to this story.

Demand for COVID-19 testing is particularly high right now, but some people are still hesitant to search community sites for tests, believing it will cost them a lot of money.

This is an issue that KCRA 3 has been tracking for months.

For updated information, KCRA 3 contacted the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).

He says health plans must cover both PCR and antigen tests, including rapid tests, to NO cost for registrants. This is because the tests are meant to detect / help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Federal guidelines require health plans to provide testing at no cost to everyone, which means:

  • You don’t need to have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • You don’t have to be an “essential worker” to take the test.
  • You can contact any licensed or state licensed COVID-19 testing provider.
  • This provider does not need to be part of your medicare or health insurer provider network.
  • You do not need to get authorization from your health insurance plan or health insurer before taking a COVID-19 test.
  • You shouldn’t have to pay a copayment for a COVID-19 test.

The federal government also announced the following this week:

“… as of January 15, 2022, persons with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, authorized or approved by the The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have these testing costs covered by its plan or insurance.

“Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter home tests per covered person per month.

“This means that a family of four, all on the same plan, could get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month.

“There is no limit to the number of tests, including home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who might need it due to underlying medical conditions. “

Access to free at-home tests is something UC Davis Health professor of clinical pathology, supports Nam Tran.

“I think that’s great. Obviously the crunch isn’t just about trying to find kits, it’s also about gifting them. Many families who earn a lot less find it difficult to cope with the cost of these kits, “Tran explained.” It becomes a huge economic burden – especially in low-income communities which are also at higher risk. So this is one of the biggest challenges we face now, c t is to maintain accessibility to the populations who need it.

If you don’t have health insurance and need a COVID-19 test, according to the California Department of Public Health the government pays for all the tests and care needed for covid-19.

For more information on what to do if you’ve received an invoice and need help filing a complaint, contact the DMHC Help Center at www.HealthHelp.ca.gov or call 1-888-466-2219.

– Daniel Macht from KCRA 3 contributed to this story.

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