The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Need COVID Test—Need Cash

Sep 18, 2023

During the COVID-19pandemic, many health services related to it were covered at no cost through the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) mandate. But this mandate requiring health insurers to provide no-cost coverage for COVID testing ended on May 11, 2023.

So, while even more variants of COVID have been on the rise since July, unfortunately, many people falling ill are finding out the hard way that at-home COVID tests are no longer free.

While people who have health insurance will continue to have coverage for laboratory COVID 19 tests, subject to their plan’s cost sharing, they may have to pay out of pocket for the at- home tests, and then jump through hoops to submit claims for reimbursement to their insurance companies. Medicare is no longer required to provide coverage for at-home testing. And people with no health insurance coverage have to come up with the cash if they want to have an at-home COVID test.

The end result is that many people who need to test will not be able to. Not because they choose not to. Because they can’t afford to.

It’s crazy—and yet another proof that this lack of public health care system has to go!