Insurance Commissioner’s Call for Free Coronavirus Testing Could Have Used Some More Thought

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread stands in the state Capitol press room March 28, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

MINOT, N.D. — This week, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread asked North Dakota’s insurance industry to waive any out-of-pocket fees for those seeking testing for coronavirus.

“Today, we asked our health insurers to waive any cost-sharing, including co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 laboratory testing so that cost-sharing does not serve as a barrier to accessing this important health testing,” Godfread said in a release sent out by his office.

You can read the bulletin to insurers issued by his office below.

Godfread is one of our state’s best and smartest public officials. He has done an excellent job since he was elected as Insurance Commissioner. His well-intentioned impulse to do whatever he can through his office to help facilitate our response to the COVID-19 outbreak is indicative of his energetic and forward-thinking approach.

As a practical matter, this bulletin could have used some more thought.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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