SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — A new California law that went into effect on January 1, requires health insurance companies to offer free COVID-19 testing to their customers.

SB 510, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8, requires health plans and health insurers to reimburse both in-network and out-of-network providers for COVID-19 testing and related services without any cost-sharing, prior authorization or other utilization management requirements.

The bill, put forth by Sacramento Democratic Sen. Richard Pan, would also require insurers to fully cover COVID-19 screening tests.

The no-cost testing option continues through the duration of the federal public health emergency and is retroactive to when the Governor declared the COVID-19 State of Emergency on March 4, 2020.  

SB 510 also requires that vaccines and testing be made cost-free during future pandemics.