HMAA Announces Full Cost Coverage of COVID-19 Testing for Members

March 13, 2020, 1:09 AM HST · Updated March 13, 1:09 AM
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Hawaiʻi Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) announced that costs associated with physician-ordered COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be 100% covered for their members under HMAA’s medical plans when performed by an in-network provider.

This means HMAA members will not be responsible for copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles related to COVID-19 testing.

Clinical Labs of Hawaiʻi and Diagnostic Laboratory Services can test specimen samples for COVID-19 that are collected by physicians at outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, hospitals and private doctor’s offices. In addition, some hospitals may set up testing centers outside their facilities where physicians can test patients for COVID-19.

In making the announcement, HMAA’s Executive Chairman John Henry Felix said, “While medical experts are working diligently to identify effective treatment for COVID-19, we at HMAA want to assure our members and their ʻohana that their health is our top priority.”

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HMAA members who are unable to visit their regular doctor or want to avoid being exposed to other individuals may use HMAA’s free telemedicine service, HiDoc, for 24/7 access to a physician by phone or online. Details are available at hmaa.com/telemedicine.

Other services and doctor’s visits will be covered at the benefit level associated with the type of care received and the member’s health plan.

“COVID-19 immunizations will also be covered for our members when they become available,” Felix said. “HMAA will continue to vigilantly work on implementing necessary measures required to prevent and negate this health risk in our communities.”

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