Some consumers who thought they were getting a simple COVID-19 test instead got a surprise bill charging their insurance company thousands of dollars. The Texas Association of Health Plans called it a dangerous new trend from a small number of providers.
“No Texas patient deserves to be price gouged,” said TAHP CEO Jamie Dudensing.
The industry association represents two dozen health insurance companies in the state covering nearly all of the commercial market. The group said freestanding emergency rooms are often behind the high billings, which include additional fees beyond the test itself.
“They’re charging for the test, for a physician fee of $500 to $1,000 and a facility fee for anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000, just for a cotton swab test for COVID-19,” she said.