A Brief Message on COVID-19 Testing from Vālenz CEO
We are pleased to see the IRS waive cost sharing for COVID-19 testing for workers enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). Based on conversations with several of our clients, we will likely see self-insured employers with other plan types follow suit. This is a good first step. So is the use of telehealth to reduce the impact on crowded emergency and urgent care centers by delivering a safe, alternative path to medical guidance, especially for plan members who may be considered in lower risk categories. As the nation’s first data-driven health administrative ecosystem, we are strong proponents for engaging early and often to help our clients achieve smarter, better, faster healthcare. Despite these challenging times, there are creative and proactive practices to remove barriers to care and treatment for plan members, employees, patients – let’s work together to put them into play.