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Program: Testing, Screening and Telemedicine Locations

Agency: Coronavirus 2020

Resource Number: 67354678
Minnesota Department of Health Updates
Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​

Availability of Testing
The testing capacity is limited at this time and not everybody who wants a test can receive one. Current guidelines require those who have traveled to a COVID-19 hot spot, or those who made contact with a person with a confirmed case of the disease. Government plans will soon be unveiled to allow anyone to be tested.

Costs of COVID-19 Testing
All the companies that sell private health insurance plans through MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to coronavirus diagnostic testing. The approximately 125,000 Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans will have no charges for testing done in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People concerned that they may have contracted the coronavirus may not have to worry about paying much, if anything, for tests. But they may see bills for office visit and other costs, depending on their insurer and plan. 
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced it will cover the full cost of medically necessary diagnostic tests that follow CDC guidelines. That policy applies to people with individual and employer-provided insurance, as well as those on Medicare-related plans. There are no co-pay, co-insurance or deductible costs for the tests. The health insurer says self-insured employers may also choose to follow the same no-cost policy.
  • HealthPartners said members do not have to pay for a COVID-19 laboratory test, no matter where the test is performed. There’s also no member cost for in-network office or urgent care visits associated with the test
  • Medica said it will waive co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to COVID-19 testing for all fully insured group, individual and Medicare members
  • Medicare said due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, doctors and other health care providers can use telehealth services to treat COVID-19 (and for other medically reasonable purposes) from offices, hospitals, and places of residence (like homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities) as of March 6, 2020. Medicare will pay for these services for patients who have seen the health care provider or another health care provider in the same practice. Coinsurance and deductibles apply.
  • Self-insured employers may also choose to waive testing fees
  • UCare says it will cover all copays, coinsurance or deductibles for clinician-ordered tests meeting CDC guidelines. The insurer will also cover copays, coinsurance or deductibles for medically necessary clinic and urgent care services when a COVID-19 test is administered.
  • UnitedHealthcare has waived all copays, coinsurance and deductibles, for diagnostic testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines. PreferredOne will cover medically necessary laboratory testing ordered by network providers. Prior authorization is not required, and there are no co-pay, co-insurance or deductible costs for testing.
Screening/Drive-through Screening
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota now offer patients who meet criteria for COVID-19 testing a drive-through screening process.
    • Patients experiencing symptoms should take the following steps: 
      • First, call their primary care clinic/provider for a phone screeningIf they meet the criteria for testing, patients will be directed to the nearest drive-through testing location. Locations in southeast Minnesota include Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Red Wing and Rochester.
      • At the drive-through location, Mayo Clinic Health System staff will collect the specimens using appropriate precautions
      • The specimens will then be sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for analysis
      • Patients will be advised of next steps
  • Apple website and iOS app that allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms.
Telemedicine for COVID-19 Symptom Assessment

Allina HealthCIGNA
Individuals enrolled in the medical plan with Cigna have the following changes made to their coverage:
  • Waived cost-sharing for office visits related to COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2020
  • Waived cost-sharing for telehealth screenings for COVID-19 through May 31, 2020
  • Making it easier to be treated virtually for routine medical examinations by in-network physicians
  • Free home delivery of up to 90-day supplies for Rx maintenance medications available through the Express Scripts Pharmacy and 24/7 access to pharmacists
  • Resources for managing anxiety and improving resiliency
For additional information, read the full announcement here.
Individuals can use their online account to access virtual care, visit myCigna.com®, to talk with a doctor or nurse, 24/7, without having to leave home. Questions regarding care, contact Member Services at 1-800-244-6224.

M Health Fairview Virtual Clinic – OnCare
  • 24 hours/7 days a week online clinic
  • Regular online clinic services are provided for a cost
  • Evaluation for COVID-19 or upper respiratory infection symptoms are provided for free
  • Screening: https://oncare.org/
  • (800)824-1953
Park Nicollet and HealthPartners Virtual Clinic - Virtuwell
  • 24 hours/7 days a week online clinic
  • Costs $49 for those without insurance, and offered at a lesser cost for those with insurance
  • Provides a free assessment for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Screening: www.virtuwell.com/?from=call1

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Last Verified On: 3/23/2020

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