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Eight major Oregon insurers agree to waive co-pays, deductibles for COVID-19 testing

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Most large private Oregon insurers will waive the patients’ share in the cost of testing for COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown’s office announced Thursday afternoon as the state braces for a growing number of cases of the novel coronavirus.

Brown’s office reached an agreement with eight major private insurers to spare insured Oregonians from co-pays and other such costs for testing and a vaccine if one becomes available. The deal covers about one million Oregonians with private insurance.

“I’d like to thank Oregon’s insurers for partnering with the state, so that medical providers can issue COVID-19 tests to anyone who needs one,” Brown said in a news release. “No one should have to ask if getting a COVID-19 . . .