As the new coronavirus spreads within the United States, questions have arisen about the potential costs people may face if they become severely ill and need treatment.
The estimated cost of coronavirus in-patient treatment for an individual patient is more than $20,000, according to Kaiser Family Foundation research. COVID-19 will leave many patients and their families exposed to severe financial burdens at a time when they can least afford it.
Health insurance providers across the country have taken immediate steps to provide access to preventive services, testing, and treatment that are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Yet, for those patients who test positive for COVID-19 and require additional (in-patient) medical care, no legislative protection currently exists to protect them from a surprise medical bill.
Given the severity of this extraordinary public health emergency, it is more important than ever to protect patients from surprise medical bills.
To help in the fight against surprise billing, Clare Krusing of the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing is available for interviews to discuss why COVID-19 patients are at risk, how surprise billing happens and what you can do to help end it.
Clare Krusing can answer sample questions such as:
· What is surprise billing and how does it happen?
· Why have COVID-19 patients been getting surprise bills?
· How much could a patient be charged?
· How can people protect themselves against surprise billing?
· What can people do to help support measures to bring legislation to end these costs?
· Where can you find more information?
About Clare Krusing, spokesperson, Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing
Clare Krusing is a spokesperson for the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing and works with patients, unions, employers, and health care payers on policies that will make health care more affordable for patients. Clare helps lead the organization’s advocacy work in Washington, DC as they work to pass federal legislation to stop surprise billing across the country.