Getting private lab testing for the new coronavirus may become more widely available now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its testing guidelines for COVID-19.
Lab Corp. announced last Thursday it was immediately offering testing for COVID-19, while Quest Diagnostics said it will start testing specimens this week. The CDC said on Monday that testing was now available in all 50 states, with a total of 75,000 lab kits “cumulatively” for public labs and more coming on board soon, according to comments on a conference call made by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. A majority of coronavirus testing will likely come from the private sector, she said, adding that private labs have more testing kits.
The Trump administration has designated the new COVID-19 test as an essential health benefit, saying Medicaid and Medicare plans would cover the cost of the screening.
A few states, including New York and Washington, have issued emergency orders directing state-regulated health insurers to waive any copayments or deductibles for patients who need tests for the coronavirus…Read more>>