Black Americans Must Be Protected from Coronavirus Medical Billing

  • By BBC News,

COVID-19 highlights the health disparities faced by black communities every day. Both the low-income and minorities in the United States significantly lack access to quality health care. With less likely to have health insurance, they are often faced with high-priced surprise medical bills.

The frightening reality is – as most of the black population cannot easily access medical facilities, they fail to get tested for coronavirus. Only ten percent of the low-salaried workforces get waged sick leave, as per a survey report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This impacts the black Americans because many of them are out of work, and some do not get paid due to the massive closure of companies amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

This makes the black Americans to choose between their healthcare facilities and food. The surprising medical bills have made most of them not to select healthcare, and for several years, politicians are discussing on the measures to manage this issue.

A few weeks ago, Joe Biden told his constituents that his new plan would guarantee that there will be more access to health care in rural and urban areas with no surprise medical billing. While delivering this message, he has chosen the issue that is commonly picked up by black leaders.

Congress is distinguishing the fact that narrow insurance networks have become a crucial problem to surprise billing. One of the recently proposed legislation led by Nancy Pelosi contained – “that during the COVID-19 pandemic health care providers should refrain from balance billing consumers for out-of-network claims related to COVID-19 testing or treatment, and insurance companies should do their utmost to secure access to in-network treatment for their plan participants.”

With this thought, Congress needs to work further by following the Biden’s lead and also appreciating the hard work of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to offer improved health products and policies for black population.