Bloomberg Law
May 6, 2020, 9:31 AM

Patients With Trump-Touted Coverage May Face Steep Virus Bills

Sara Hansard
Sara Hansard

Covid-19 patients with short-term health plans—which typically have restrictions on coverage—could find themselves on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars.

The HHS has said the government will pay for coronavirus testing—but not treatment—of people with short-term plans. President Donald Trump has touted the plans as a more affordable alternative to Obamacare, even though they may lack the coverage protections of policies created under the Affordable Care Act.

Many short-term plans have limits on what they’ll pay for hospital coverage, as well as overall yearly maximums. The plans usually cost less than comprehensive plans, but people may not be ...

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