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U.S. Will Pay for Unvaccinated Federal Workers’ Coronavirus Tests

  • July 30, 2021

The federal decision to cover coronavirus testing for unvaccinated workers could set a benchmark for state governments and companies now grappling with the same issue.

New York and California rolled out similar testing requirements for unvaccinated state workers this week, but neither has specified who will pay for the service. Some companies and universities have already announced that unvaccinated workers themselves will have to pay for their own tests.

Many states and cities still have free coronavirus testing sites that they started earlier in the pandemic. But many Americans also get tested at doctor offices and pharmacies, which will typically bill patients and their insurance for the service.

Federal law requires insurers to fully cover coronavirus tests ordered by health care providers, meaning the doctor cannot apply a deductible or co-payment to the service. Routine workplace testing, however, is exempt from that requirement and it is legal to charge patients for that service.

Some patients have faced surprise medical bills for coronavirus tests, which can range from a few dollars to over $1,000.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/30/us/politics/covid-testing-work-requirement.html

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