IRS Says HDHPs May Waive COVID-19 Cost-Sharing

March 12, 2020

Most major insurance carriers have announced that any plan co-pays or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing will be waived. If your health plan includes telemedicine, cost-sharing may also be waived.

The IRS issued Notice 2020-15 stating that waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment will not disqualify High Deductible Health Plans.

Note that the CMS announced that Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans may now allow more flexibility in plan requirements, including waiving co-pays and relaxing other barriers to care.

For information regarding coronavirus considerations for employers, please see our related Compliance Confidence bulletin.

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