In conjunction with the Locke Lord COVID-19 task force, we are reviewing, analyzing, and compiling regulatory updates to provide clients easy access to information during this unprecedented time.  If you have any questions on the subject matter below, do not hesitate to reach out.  The information below relates to state and federal bulletins, emergency orders, pending/enacted legislation, and other related actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Insurance

Washington:  On July 17, Commissioner Kreidler partially extended Emergency Order 20-02 (Excluding Part E) until August 16, 2020. This is the third 30 day extension of Emergency Order 20-02. Emergency Order 20-02 requires health insurers to continue coverage for providing telehealth services via methods including telephone and video chat tools, cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible, and treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.