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If COVID tests are supposed to be free, why are some people getting charged thousands of dollars?

One family was charged nearly $40,000.

 

Stacey Ritzen

Tech

From our friends at Nautilus.

Even with COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the United States, testing still plays an essential component in curbing the virus’ spread. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) that President Trump signed into law on March 27, 2020, there should be no COVID test cost. Instead, the tests should be free for all Americans, including the uninsured.

The CARES Act essentially ensures that COVID-19 testing is provided fully at no cost under testing and preventative care provisions. Yet, some people are getting surprised with substantial medical bills, sometimes into the thousands of dollars, after getting their test.

The New York Times recently conducted a survey among readers to submit their healthcare bills to understand better the costs associated with coronavirus testing and treatment. Out of more than 600 patients who participated, their findings revealed high charges and allegedly illegal fees—in addition to COVID-19 patients who now face substantial medical debt for treatment.

Read the rest of the story at Nautilus.


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