Cigna, Humana, other insurers, waive costs for COVID-19 treatment

Healthcare Finance News | March 31, 2020

Cigna, Humana, other insurers, waive costs for COVID-19 treatment
Cigna and Humana are joining other insurers in waiving costs for COVID-19 treatment. Cigna is waiving cost-sharing and co-payments through May 31. Humana is waiving costs for treatment related to COVID-19 and is now covering subsequent treatment, including inpatient hospital admissions. Humana will cover the member responsibility under the plan benefits for COVID-19-related services, whether treatment is delivered by in-network or out-of-network providers.

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Ten percent of children nationwide (approximately 7,059,000 children) lived in neighborhoods with no amenities in 2016, defined as a neighborhood without any parks, recreation centers, sidewalks, or libraries, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NCSH), which was recently released. A new infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center highlights state-specific findings from the 2016 NCSH on measures that illustrate where states are closer to achieving a culture of health and where improvements can be made.

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Ten percent of children nationwide (approximately 7,059,000 children) lived in neighborhoods with no amenities in 2016, defined as a neighborhood without any parks, recreation centers, sidewalks, or libraries, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NCSH), which was recently released. A new infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center highlights state-specific findings from the 2016 NCSH on measures that illustrate where states are closer to achieving a culture of health and where improvements can be made.