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  • Advocate Aurora holds off billing patients for coronavirus

    The hospital system is among the first chains in the country to say it's not charging patients for COVID-19 tests and treatment.

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    Advocate Aurora Health is holding off charging patients for coronavirus testing and treatment, one of the first systems in the country to declare its policy amid the fast-moving illness.

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    The hospital system said in a statement today, "At this time, we are refraining from sending patient bills related to coronavirus as we continue to work with regulatory and industry officials to navigate this developing situation."

    "This is not a commitment to waive fees indefinitely and Advocate Aurora Health may send out bills later," an Advocate spokeswoman said.

    The hospital system, based in Downers Grove and Milwaukee, said it wants to make sure people get tested and treated. Advocate Aurora has 28 hospitals across Illinois and Wisconsin.

    "As we further accelerate our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring residents of Illinois and Wisconsin seek medically necessary testing and care," the spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

    Advocate's announcement comes after insurance companies like the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's 36 independent companies, including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois,79彩票注册网址 said they will waive cost-sharing for some health plan members.

    For members diagnosed with the coronavirus, Blues plans will waive prior authorizations—in which doctors obtain approval from insurers before providing medical care—for diagnostic tests and “covered services” it deems “medically necessary” and consistent with CDC guidance, according to a statement. Under the same conditions, the plans will also cover diagnostic tests at no cost to patients.

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