March 10, 2020 / 3:57 PM / 22 days ago

Pence says private insurers will cover coronavirus treatment, waive test co-pay

U.S. ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬ responds to questions during a news briefing on the administration response to the Coronavirus, at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Private U.S. health insurance companies have agreed to cover coronavirus treatment and waive co-payment fees for coronavirus testing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday at a White House meeting with insurance company executives.

The companies have also agreed to cover telemedicine for patients to get care without having to leave home, Pence added.

Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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