As the coronavirus keeps getting worse here in the United States, is your health insurer one of the companies waiving fees to get tested?

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that a group of some of the biggest health-insurance companies had agreed to waive co-payments for patients who get tested for coronavirus.

The VP, who was there with representatives from UnitedHealth Group, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, Aetna, and Blue Cross-Blue Shield, told reporters, "All the insurance companies here, either today, or before today, have agreed to waive all co-pays on coronavirus testing, and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans."

Matt Eyles, CEO of the trade group America's Health Insurance Plans, also said, "We all have the same commitment to making sure that cost is not a barrier to people getting tested and treated."

Within the past few days alone, several festivals, including the Treasure Valley's own Treefort Fest, have been cancelled or postponed, arenas are opting to have professional teams play games without fans in the stadiums, and colleges are sending students home.

While we gear up for things to get worse before they get better, it's important to encourage people with symptoms to get tested for the coronavirus in an effort to prevent spreading it. Insurance companies taking these steps is major!

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