Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency order regarding telehealth has been extended to Jan. 10.
The order directs all state-regulated health insurers to:
- Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype, and Go-to-Meeting.
- 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.
- Treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.
“This continues to be a critical time for all Washingtonians and we need to provide safe and flexible access to care,” Kreidler said in a press release. “During this unprecedented time, people should not have to worry about their insurance coverage.”