Covid testing bills surprise New Yorkers

Anil Sindhwani is on the brink of being sent to collections. That’s what CareCube, an urgent care provider, told him Aug. 15 when it notified him by email of an unpaid $125 medical bill. The charge related to a Covid-19 test he had gotten in January at CareCube’s Park Slope clinic and for which his insurance carrier had denied coverage, the email said.

Sindhwani was surprised. He had never had to pay for a Covid-19 test. When he visited CareCube, he said an employee had checked his insurance coverage through UnitedHealthcare and told him he should not be charged.

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