On March 10, 2020, the Trump Administration briefed the public regarding their response to increasing
numbers of coronavirus in the United States.
The Administration announced that Medicare and Medicaid will now extend coverage for coronavirus testing and treatment, waving all copays in response to the growing pandemic. The Administration also announced telemedicine coverage by Medicare and Medicaid for patients concerned about contracting the virus by going into a physical office.
So, should you take the time to get tested and what is the best option available to you?
Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to the CDC, the coronavirus presents with mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms of the virus present between 2-14 days after initial contact, and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is highly contagious, thus officials warn the general public to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and keep their contact with others minimal. There is no known cure for COVID-19 at this moment, but health officials urge the general public to get tested if they feel any symptoms and seek support from healthcare providers immediately.
Options Available to You under Trump Administration Decision
If you are insured under Medicare or Medicaid, all fees associated with testing in a physical office are completely covered for you. The Administration also ensured no surprise billing could be applied to charges for testing so that patients may get the help they need.
Medicare and Medicaid have also agreed to cover Telemedicine for patients who do not want to risk going into a physical office with others who may already be sick. This decision was made especially for the at-risk senior population who are most vulnerable to fighting the virus, telemedicine allows patients to complete a virtual consultation through their phone, tablet, or computer. Providers through the platform can discuss symptoms for diagnosis through a webcam to help patients skip lines and keep contact minimal.