Early Coronavirus testing restrictions led to some big ER bills

 

Source: Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News (NPR)

While most insurers have promised to cover the costs of testing and related services — and Congress passed legislation in mid-March enshrining that requirement — there's a catch. The law requires the waiver of patient cost-sharing only when a coronavirus test is ordered or administered.

One thing is clear from the responses from insurers to our questions: Much of the burden falls on patients who think they've been wrongly billed – it's left to them to call that to the attention of the insurer and the hospital, urgent care center or doctor's office where they were treated.

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