CLEVELAND, Ohio — Have you been charged for a coronavirus test that you thought was free? Was your insurance company overcharged for a COVID-19 test? If so, we want to hear about it.
COVID-19 tests are supposed to be free, but some patients still receive bills, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released in July.
Federal law requires private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 tests without any cost to the patient and provides funding cover free testing for some people without health insurance, the Kaiser report said.
However, limits to the federal requirements mean that some people with and without health insurance could receive bills for COVID-19 tests.
People who sought care but were not actually given a test, some who were tested at out-of-network facilities and some who have health insurance plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act requirements, such as short-term policies, can be charged