Ullman introduces bill to mandate insurance coverage for COVID-19-related medical interventions

DOYLESTOWN, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, is introducing legislation that would mandate insurance coverage, without patient cost-sharing, for all costs related to COVID-19 testing, therapies and preventions.

“Every Pennsylvanian has a right to expect protections from COVID-19,” Ullman said. “These protections should include safeguarding people from debilitating financial costs as a result of medical interventions for COVID-19. The fear of incurring medical debt should not be a factor that inhibits individuals from seeking necessary life-preserving care.”

If passed, the legislation would enable Pennsylvanians to seek care for COVID-19 without having the expectation for any out-of-pocket payments.

“The pandemic has been devastating on families economically,” Ullman said. “We don’t want people refusing hospital care because they are afraid of burdening their families with crippling medical debt and so risk their lives as well as potentially spread the virus to others in their family and the community.

“When a vaccine for COVID-19 is rolled out,” Ullman said, “we want everyone to be vaccinated without having to worry whether they can afford it.”

Ullman’s legislation is the first to be introduced regarding insurance coverage requirements for COVID-19 that are directly related to COVID-19 diagnosis and treatments.