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Major health insurance companies in Iowa will waive fees for COVID-19 testing

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Tuesday Governor Kim Reynolds announced all major insurance companies in Iowa agree to waive the cost share and copay for coronavirus testing if necessary.

Governor Reynolds wants Iowans to contact their doctor if they're feeling any symptoms of coronavirus without the worry of the fee.

Medicaid, Medicare, Wellmark, Aetna and United are some of the major insurance companies.

"Members of these plans also have access to tele-health visits again that will help get your questions answered without leaving home until we have confirmed whether further actions are needed," said Gov. Reynolds.

Owner of Premiere Health Insurance of Iowa, Daniel Walterman, is a brokerage and has access to all the major carriers of insurance in the U.S.

"It's probably the first time in history, I think, that all the major insurance companies came together in Iowa in an agreement to provide extra coverage," said Walterman.

He tells Iowa's News Now, insurance companies will be offering a number of services along with waived testing of COVID-19.

"Any additional diagnostic testing that's required as well. There will be greater access to prescriptions, not only being able to get those where you want but also extending the 30 day limits out to 90 day limits on the prescriptions, so you can purchase more at one time. Then also most of the companies are going or offer free virtual doctor visits," said Walterman.

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Walterman says Premiere Health Insurance will have updates of all the insurance companies they work with on their blog.

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