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CMS Issues Guidance on Private Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

CMS has also released guidance clarifying that private group health plans and issuers generally must cover COVID-19 diagnostic tests for covered individuals who are asymptomatic and have had no known exposure to the virus, with no cost-sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements. The guidance, which builds on an executive order issued in January 2021, still allows plans to deny coverage for COVID-19 tests for public health surveillance or employment purposes. To learn more, click here.

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