A Potential COVID Test Surprise Billing Class Action Lawsuit Investigation Commences
More and more Americans who have been tested for COVID-19 are complaining about having experienced excessive billing and/or up-charges and surprise billing in relation to the testing. COVID-19 tests are supposedly “available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies,” as stated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Do these allegations match what you’ve seen in your experience? Contact us today about the potential Covid Test Surprise Billing Class Action Investigation!Contact Us
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires all forms of public and private insurance, including self-funded insurance plans, to cover FDA-approved coronavirus tests as well as associated costs to diagnostic testing, with a requirement that a health care provider believes that the test is medically necessary.
Reportedly, there should be no limit to the number of COVID-19 tests an insurer will cover for an individual, as long as each test is deemed medically appropriate. The person being tested must either exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or have known or suspected exposure to the virus.
Details on the COVID Test Surprise Billing Class Action Investigation:
The law states that health insurers should cover medically appropriate COVID-19 and antibody testing without any cost to consumers which includes copay, coinsurance, or a deductible, as well as no charge for the testing itself or the related doctor’s appointment.
However, loopholes in the law, as well as insurer’s and healthcare provider’s oversights and confusion about what is included in the coverage has provided an avenue for surprise medical bills for COVID-19 testing to become rampant.
A recent analysis of the two largest hospitals in every state and Washington, D.C., found that “about half of healthcare providers that posted list prices for COVID-19 tests charge $100 to $199, while 19% charged $200 or more. Of the hospitals that posted prices for antibody tests, almost 60% of those tests cost $50 to $149 while 16 percent were $150 or more.”
In some cases, people who receive a COVID-19 test have gotten surprise medical bills for tests that were never performed on them. This results in medical bills that allegedly reflect thousands of dollars for testing and treatment that should have been covered by their insurance company, which the consumer is then expected to pay.
If you are among the many who have experienced surprise medical billing following a COVID-19 test, you may be able to recover your expenses by filing or joining a coronavirus test fees lawsuit or class action lawsuit today.
Editor’s note on the COVID-19 Test Surprise Billing Investigation:
This piece is written about the recent COVID Test Surprise Billing Class Action Investigation. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.Contact Us
If you believe that what is alleged in the COVID Test Surprise Billing class action investigation has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.
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