Map showing just about every state has some confirmed coronavirus cases (Credit: CDC)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hasannounced that the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 pneumoniaare part of the "essential health benefits"package.

That means that, under federal rules, every individual orsmall-group major medical insurance policy that meets theAffordable Care Act (ACA) benefits standards should provide atleast as much coverage for COVID-19 care as for care for ordinarystrep throat, or a broken leg.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.