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Agencies issue clarifying guidance on coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

January 13, 2022 Article 1 min read
Authors:
Scott McLellan Jonathon Trionfi
The DOL, HHS, and the Treasury clarify the requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover the costs of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests.
Photo of two business professionals walking out of a building.On Jan. 10, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued guidance clarifying the requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover the costs of over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Plans and issuers must cover the costs of COVID-19 tests during the COVID-19 public health emergency without imposing any cost-sharing requirements, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements.

In this bulletin, we provide an overview of the guidance on coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests, including legal requirements, important dates, and the limits plans and insurance issuers may implement on coverage. Employers should carefully review this information, as well as OSHA’s vaccination and testing mandate, and consider how this may impact their business.

This legal update is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. ©2022 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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