Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

While it’s widely believed that coronavirus (Covid-19) testing is supposed to be covered with no patient out-of-pocket payments by federal law in many cases, we have learned increasingly that Insurers are declining to pay. While we haven’t seen a flood of such reports, there are plenty. We’ve investigated a few, and found that in several […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Could a saliva test become the new normal?

Filed Under: Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and tests: Could a saliva test become the new normal?

One Twitter user said being tested for Covid-19 with a nasal swab felt like “being stabbed in the brain.” Others described the test as leaving a burning sensation. Saliva testing offers a painless alternative to nasal swabs. Some saliva tests were approved by the Food and Drug Administration as early as mid-April, but the test […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: Testing can help stop the spread, but who should pay? – The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: Testing can help stop the spread, but who should pay? – The New York Times

“Like all nursing home workers in New York State, Shikilia Davis is required to get a test for coronavirus twice a week, part of a state order aimed at containing the startling death toll of residents in nursing homes,” Katie Thomas writes for The New York times. “But late last month, Ms. Davis said her […]

Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

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Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]