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Even with COVID-19 coverage safety net, recovered patients hit with hefty hospital bills

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FILE - A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 at the Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance urgent care pop up testing site as infection rates spike on October 8, 2020 in New York City. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically.

It also clobbers some financially.Even though many insurers and the U.S. government have offered to pick up or waive costs tied to the virus, holes remain for big bills to slip through and surprise patients.People who weren't able to get a test showing they had the virus and those who receive care outside their insurance network are particularly vulnerable.

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