17 News Commentary Poll Shows Majority of Respondents Think Health Insurance Companies Should Pay for At-Home COVID-19 Testing

President Biden has said he is ordering one billion rapid home COVID-19 test kits to be mailed to every American who requests them. The White House is promising eight free test kits for every American each month.

Biden also says insurance companies will pay the tab and reimburse most people for the ones you buy yourself. About 180 million Americans have private insurance policies.

Sending eight kits to each person would amount to up to 1.4 billion kits each month. Blue Cross Blue Shield told NBC News it fears it will overcharge retailers.

Experts say if insurers spend more on health services, they’ll likely raise premiums for customers.

We asked: Should health insurance companies pay for home testing kits?

“Cue increased insurance premiums.

Carrie Ann, Facebook user

“Who needs 8 tests a month? Thus, a family of 4 will receive 32 tests each month. Can we talk about unnecessary expenses? »

Facebook user Krystal Kapler

“Yes. No one wants a sick colleague or child at school, but sometimes people still go to work and school when they are sick. If they know they have the Covid-19, I hope they stay home. It’s also good when families want to visit elderly relatives!”

Facebook User Sloan Sloan

This is an unscientific poll conducted by 17 News. It is posted daily on KGET’s social media sites for varying duration at different times of the day. Viewers can vote more than once. It is not representative of Kern County as a whole.

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