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Senate bill proposed to expand free coronavirus testing

The Free COVID-19 Testing Act would waive cost-sharing for the test and related health care services.
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NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Senators Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) joined a group of lawmakers Friday to propose a bill that would make coronavirus testing free for people with both private insurance and Medicare.

The Free COVID-19 Testing Act would also waive the cost-sharing of related medical services for people with private insurance, Medicare and a number of other government-backed healthcare plans.

The legislation would also cover the cost of lab fees for uninsured people.

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"Costs should never be a barrier to accessing potentially life-saving testing," Warner and Kaine wrote in a release. "This legislation ensures any Virginian can get tested without the fear of a medical bill they can’t afford."

The bill was backed by more than 30 other Democratic senators.

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