President Biden said he is calling for a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits to be sent home to all Americans who request them. The White House promises eight test kits for every American each month for free.
Biden also says insurance companies will pick up the card and pay most of the people you buy for yourself. Approximately 180 million Americans have private insurance policies.
Sending eight kits to each person would mean 1.4 billion kits each month. Blue Cross Blue Shield tells NBC News that it is concerned that this will overburden retailers.
Experts say that if insurers spend more on health services, they will likely increase premiums for customers.
We asked: Should health insurance companies pay for home test kits?
“Apply an increase in insurance premiums”.
Carrie Ann, Facebook user
“Who needs 8 tests a month? Thus, a family of 4 people will be sent 32 tests each month. Can we say unnecessary expenses? ”
Facebook user Krystal Kapler
“Yes. No one wants a coworker or a sick child at school, but sometimes people still go to work and school when they are sick. If they know they have Covid-19, we hope they stay home. It’s also good for families who want to visit older parents! ”
Facebook user Sloan Sloan
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