Insurance Commissioner Extends Telehealth Order

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.”