Healthcare Tips for California Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, from Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog has released a “Know Your Rights” tip sheet outlining 6 things consumers should know about their health care cost and access rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
California consumers and patients should know their legal rights as COVID-19 is expected to heavily tax the resources of the health care system and may exceed capacity in some communities, potentially resulting in limitations on access to care, according to the non-profit and non-partisan Consumer Watchdog.
The prospect of shortages of medical staff and equipment for treating those made severely ill by COVID-19 has triggered discussion of “rationing” medical care.
Those suffering from other major illnesses unrelated to COVID-19 may also experience roadblocks to accessing care as the health care system is burdened with treating COVID-19 patients.
New actions taken by Governor Gavin Newsom and state regulators help to ensure continued access to medical care, and existing state and federal laws prohibit rationing measures that discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition or disability.
Consumer Watchdog provided 6 health care consumer tips to help Californians navigate the COVID-19 crisis:
1. If you don’t have health insurance, it’s not too late to sign-up for coverage.
2. You can talk to a doctor without leaving your home.
3. Your health insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing with no out-of-pocket costs.
4. You can ask your health insurer to waive early medication refill limits to keep you out of the pharmacy and help you observe social distancing rules.
5. If medically necessary testing or care is denied, you have a right to appeal.
6. A person with COVID-19 may receive treatment if they can benefit from the treatment, regardless of any pre-existing condition, disability, or age.
To see the six consumer tips in detail: (Download here)
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