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Free COVID-19 Testing Act

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A bill to amend coverage requirements to ensure that no person incurs cost sharing when receiving a test to confirm a COVID-19 infection.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
03/12/2020Introduced in Senate

All Actions (1)

Date All Actions
03/12/2020Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (42)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]* 03/12/2020
Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] 03/17/2020
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] 03/17/2020
Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] 03/17/2020

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions03/12/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/12/2020)

Free COVID–19 Testing Act

This bill requires specified public health care programs and private health insurance to cover testing for COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) without imposing cost-sharing (e.g., deductibles, coinsurance, or copayments) for the duration of the public health emergency declared on January 31, 2020. This coverage includes the cost of administering such approved tests and related visits to health care providers.

Specifically, these requirements apply to COVID-19 testing and office visits for individuals covered through (1) Medicare, (2) Medicare Advantage, (3) Medicaid, (4) the Children's Health Insurance Program, (5) the Department of Defense (i.e., TRICARE), (6) the Department of Veterans Affairs, (7) the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, or (8) the Indian Health Service. Additionally, state Medicaid programs may cover COVID-19 testing and related visits for uninsured individuals during the emergency, and the Department of Health and Human Services must reimburse laboratories for the cost of such tests.