Unvaccinated? Better check to see if your health insurance will cover all of your Covid costs

Unvaccinated? Better check to see if your health insurance will cover all of your Covid costs
Staff Sgt. Gisele Adanlete-Engram, 161st Medical Squadron aerospace medical technician, puts on personal protection equipment before entering a COVID-19 hot zone at an alternate care facility on the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Ariz., June 1, 2020. Arizona National Guard service members are assisting the Public Health Service while caring for COVID-19 patients by providing security and other non-medical tasks as needed. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin)
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The vast majority of private and group health insurance plans are no longer waiving "cost-sharing" for those who contract the coronavirus and require COVID-19 treatment, including hospitalization, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare.

The vast majority, about 95% of COVID patients requiring hospitalization are unvaccinated.

That means your co-pay and whatever your plan's deductible is will not be waived any longer by most private and group insurance plans, which include medical insurance most Americans obtain through their employers. The costs, given how the coronavirus ravages the bodies of many patients, could be enormous.

Before the COVID vaccines were widely available insurance companies voluntarily waived cost-sharing requirements, which saved many patients possibly thousands of dollars. That has now changed, KFF reports, and even more insurers are slated to end waiving the cost-sharing requirements in October.

Read the entire report here.

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