© Reuters. US insurers are working to reduce the cost of corona viruses out of their own pockets
By Deena Beasley
(Reuters) – The largest retail group in the U.S. health insurance industry said Thursday that it is committed to preventing, testing, and treating the new strain of coronavirus, including ensuring that out-of-pocket costs don't prevent people from doing so To seek care.
"We are taking decisive measures to prevent the spread of this disease, to ensure that people have the necessary tests and access to them, and to help infected patients receive the care and treatment they need," he said America & # 39; s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)) said in a statement.
The group said to its members, which include Cigna Corp. (N 🙂 and Anthem Inc (N 🙂 cover diagnostic tests when ordered by a doctor, simplify the network, referral and prior authorization requirements, and / or avoid sharing patient costs.
"We will also take measures to ensure that patients have continuous access to their regular prescription medication while avoiding potential problems such as drug shortages," said AHIP.
The rapidly spreading corona virus has reached around 80 nations. Outside of China, where the flu-like disease first appeared at the end of last year, new cases were reported.
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