Coverage safety net has plenty of holes

THE PAPER TRAIL: Melissa Szymanski sits with some of her medical bills at home in Glastonbury, Conn. Szymanski got sick earlier this year and wound up with a $3,200 bill because she wasn’t diagnosed initially with COVID-19. Later, tests showed she had it, and she is fighting to have her bills reduced. / AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL
THE PAPER TRAIL: Melissa Szymanski sits with some of her medical bills at home in Glastonbury, Conn. Szymanski got sick earlier this year and wound up with a $3,200 bill because she wasn’t diagnosed initially with COVID-19. Later, tests showed she had it, and she is fighting to have her bills reduced. / AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL
COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. Even though many insurers and the U.S. government have offered to pick up or waive costs tied to the virus, holes remain for big bills to slip through and surprise patients. People who weren’t able to get a test showing they had…

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