Gov. Murphy waives fees for COVID-19 testing for state employees, others

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Gov. Phil Murphy says the state will waive fees for coronavirus COVID-19 testing for more than 2 million residents on certain health plans.

The waivers apply to residents with health insurance through their jobs with the state and public schools, as well as to those using the state's social safety net programs.

“As we continue to strengthen our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we must ensure that our residents are focused on their health and not on the cost of medically necessary testing,” Murphy said in a statement. “These actions bolster our state’s coordinated response and preparedness efforts by eliminating affordability concerns for New Jerseyans.”

The governor also urged the state's other health carriers covering people who get insurance through their jobs to follow suit.

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Rep. Tom Malinowski applauded the governor’s decision to waive the fees.

“It's a public health necessity that testing be equally available to all regardless of income, insurance, or immigration status. We are tracking reports that there may still be obstacles to this, and urging fixes,” Malinowski wrote on Twitter.

The state's biggest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, has already said it would waive costs for medically necessary coronavirus tests.

 

 

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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