SANTA FE — New Mexico’s insurance superintendent will prohibit health insurers from charging copays or imposing similar costs on patients who seek testing and treatment for COVID-19 under emergency rules issued Friday.
Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal also ordered health insurers to notify their members about whether — or to what extent — their coverage includes care for COVID-19. If the coverage is limited, the companies must inform their members and tell them about options for full coverage.
A second order targets limited-benefit plans — such as workers compensation — requiring them to inform members that they don’t have full coverage.
In a written statement, Toal said the goal is to take aggressive steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, the diseased caused by the new coronavirus sweeping the globe.
“A key part of that strategy is ensuring access to free, high-quality care, including testing and treatment,” Toal said.