COVID-19 testing is critical with the recent uptick in cases in Georgia. Delays in obtaining test results can make it more difficult for hospitals and providers to contain this winter’s outbreak. Insurers could see excessive charges from the commercial labs doing the testing, and, as many commercial labs are not in-network with health plans in Georgia, the labs could have a difficult time being reimbursed by insurers.
Commissioner King is requesting that all Georgia health plans reimburse labs who are testing for COVID-19 at an in-network rate. Commissioner King also asks that all labs involved in testing for COVID-19 accept reimbursement at an in-network rate and refrain from increasing their charges.