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Some Health Insurers Ending Waivers for COVID Treatment Fees

Waivers have meant substantial savings for COVID-19 patients who fall seriously ill and wind up in the hospital

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Just as other industries are rolling back some consumer-friendly changes made early in the pandemic — think empty middle seats on airplanes — so, too, are health insurers, NBC News reports.

Many voluntarily waived all deductibles, copayments and other costs for insured patients who fell ill with COVID-19 and needed hospital care, doctor visits, medications or other treatment.

Setting aside those fees was a good move from a public relations standpoint. The industry got credit for helping customers during tough times. And it had political and financial benefits for insurers, too.

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But nothing lasts forever.

Starting at the end of last year — and continuing into the spring — a growing number of insurers are quietly ending those fee waivers for COVID-19 treatment on some or all policies.

Read the full story at NBCNews.com.

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