Oregon health insurers waive COVID-19 test deductibles


The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus is up to 12

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Insurance commissioners in Oregon and Washington have agreed to waive deductibles and copays for COVID-19 tests.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the agreement Thursday, saying testing is only being prioritized for people with viral respiratory symptoms like cough, fever or trouble breathing and at-risk patients such as those with underlying health conditions.

Oregon health insurance companies to commit to the agreement include:

  • BridgeSpan Health Company
  • Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Moda Health Plan, Inc.
  • PacificSource Health Plans
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Samaritan Health Plans, Inc.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler also issued an emergency order Thursday to health insurers, requiring them to waive copays and deductible for COVID-19 testing.

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus as of Thursday night was 12: 11 in Washington and one in California. There was one confirmed case in Oregon.

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