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updated: 3/9/2020 4:52 PM

Coronavirus tests will be covered by several Illinois health insurance companies

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Daily Herald report

Several Illinois insurance companies have announced they will cover the costs of testing people for the coronavirus.

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare are waving the costs of testing for COVID-19.

"It is important that our members feel safe and secure knowing that they are able to pursue the proper care and testing they need to protect their health during this time of concern," said Dr. Vincent Nelson, vice president, medical affairs and interim chief medical officer at BCBSA. "Whenever and wherever our members need health care related to the coronavirus, BCBS companies are right there with them."

Blue Cross and Blue Shield covers more than 8 million people in Illinois.

Almost 7% of Illinois residents didn't have health insurance in 2019, according to the United Health Foundation.

Nationally, more than 27.5 million people are uninsured.