While the Democrats and the mainstream media continue to criticize President Trump and his administration for their coronavirus response efforts, the reality is that Trump’s team is doing a spectacular job and they’ve pulled off another impactful deal that will play a huge role in keeping Americans healthy.
On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Trump administration was able to get major insurance companies to agree to waive copays on coronavirus testing.
“I’m pleased to report that as you requested, Mr. President, that all the insurance companies here, either today, or before today, have agreed to waive all copays on coronavirus testing, and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans,” Pence announced during a meeting with President Donald Trump and insurance CEOs, according to The Hill.
Mike Pence, who was tasked with leading the Trump admin’s efforts in combatting the coronavirus has done an excellent job. He also added that insurance companies further agreed to avoid any “surprise billing” by making prices for coronavirus-related treatments available to patients up front.
As per Pence, the companies in agreement represent nearly 240 million American citizens.
The health insurance companies that attended the meeting, and are seemingly onboard with waiving such copays, include UnitedHealth Group, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, Aetna and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
The coronavirus has infected more than 700 people in over 30 states and killed nearly 30 people, the Johns Hopkins University tracker estimates, The Washington Times noted Tuesday.
During a press conference Monday, Pence said that there will be more people who test positive for the virus in coming days as testing increases throughout the nation. The vice president emphasized that the “vast majority” of people who contract the virus will fully recover and those at greatest risk are the elderly.
The vice president encouraged Americans to visit Coronavirus.gov to understand the risks, learn about necessary precautions, and get updates about the virus.
According to the site, which has been updated periodically, coronavirus, or COVID-19, developments will likely include “more instances of community spread.”
“It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur,” the site states. “Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed.”
“Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths,” coronavirus.gov noted. “Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed.”
“At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy,” the site added.