Emergency telehealth extension
Press Release:
January 8, 2021
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until Feb. 7 and requires 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 visits with no copay, coinsurance, or deductible.

    To help free up hospital beds, Kreidler is directing health insurers to waive or expedite prior authorization requirements for home healthcare or long-term care facility services to speed up discharging patients who are ready to leave. 

    “This continues to be a critical time for all Washingtonians and we need to provide safe and flexible access to care,” Kreidler said. “During this unprecedented time, people should not have to worry about their insurance coverage.” 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help physicians and their staff.
Thank you for all you do!
James Paribello, KCMS Lobbyist
Contact Us
200 Broadway Suite 200 | Seattle, WA 98122 United States
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.