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Delaware's largest insurer will cover coronavirus test

DelawareOnline.com (Wilmington, DE) logo DelawareOnline.com (Wilmington, DE) 3/6/2020 Meredith Newman, Delaware News Journal
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Highmark — the largest insurer in Delaware — will cover tests for the new coronavirus, officials announced Friday.

The testing will be covered for members of Highmark's fully insured group customers, and those with Medicare Advantage and Affordable Care Act plans. The test must be recommended by a medical professional, according to a company a statement.

Self-insured health plan sponsors will be able to opt out of this, officials said. 

As of Friday afternoon, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Delaware, according to state health officials.

Two cases have been confirmed in Delaware and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania, state health officials announced Friday morning. Cases have also been confirmed in New Jersey and Maryland. 

This week, the state started to perform its own coronavirus testing in its public health lab in Smyrna. The state also created a call center to field questions. To contact the call center, call (866) 408-1899 or email questions to DPHCall@delaware.gov.

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The virus has sickened more than 100,000 and claimed more than 3,000 lives globally. Fourteen Americans have died from the virus, health officials said. There are more than 230 confirmed cases in at least 22 states. 

Contact Meredith Newman at (302) 324-2386 or at mnewman@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @merenewman.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Delaware's largest insurer will cover coronavirus test

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