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The Many Things In My Toy Box ….my view may change due to verifiable evidence

The Trump administration issued policy guidance this week telling health insurance companies that they are not required by law to cover the Covid-19 tests employers may compel workers to undergo as a condition for returning to their jobs.

The announcement (pdf) Tuesday by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services alarmed healthcare advocates and lawmakers who warned the move gives profitable insurers a green light to push the costs of potentially expensive coronavirus screenings onto workers.

But the Trump administration says in its guidance that the law only requires insurers to cover “medically appropriate” coronavirus screenings, not tests “conducted to screen for general workplace health and safety (such as employee ‘return to work’ programs).”

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) blasted the Trump administration’s interpretation of the law as a violation of congressional intent and “a free handout to the insurance industry.”

“Once again, the Trump administration is prioritizing corporate profits over people,” Pallone tweeted Wednesday. “I’m deeply concerned that this will disproportionately impact frontline workers.”

In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—a federal agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws—said employers are legally permitted to force employees to take Covid-19 viral tests to determine whether it is safe for them to return to the workplace.

New York, New Jersey, and other states currently require nursing homes to test employees to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in their facilities, which have been devastating hot-spots for the virus.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that some nursing homes say they can’t afford to pay for the testing and have tried to bill insurance companies for the costs. But not all insurance companies have agreed to cover Covid-19 testing, leaving workers on the hook for the bill.

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2 thoughts on “‘Free Handout to Insurance Industry’: Trump Administration Tells Insurers They Don’t Have to Cover Covid-19 Tests for Workers

  1. I’m sure glad I stocked up on wine on nights like this–I’m gonna go through the lot far quicker than I imagined if Dump’s stupidity and sheer bloody evilness doesn’t let up.

    I was watching Freakazoid earlier and remember a line Lord Bravery said to his pissy, judgmental mother-in-law and keep wondering the same thing about Dump: “most people your age die. why won’t you?” Savage.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello TheChattyIntrovert. In a lot of comment sections I read it appears tRump is causing a surge in day drinking. It seems the wealthy are so divorced from reality that the lower incomes do not matter to them. They see anyone not in the upper incomes as just something to use and throw away when it is no longer useful for making them money. They do not see a need or care if the lower incomes have any quality of life, in fact it seems they don’t want the lower incomes to have any thing at all. We should just want to work more and more, longer and longer for our gruel and 6 hours of not working time. I hear the word peons in my head a lot these days. Hugs

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