We are thrilled that the Department of Human Health Services (HHS) has launched a program to reimburse healthcare providers and laboratories for providing COVID-19 testing to uninsured patients. This program will allow us to extend COVID-19 testing to patients without insurance. KidsStreet’s participation in the Uninsured Patient Program will be available for patients seen on or after 5/8/2020 and will be available as long as program funding continues to be available.
Who is eligible for this program?
In order to be eligible, we must verify and attest that you do not have individual, employer-sponsored, Medicare, or Medicaid coverage, and no other payer will reimburse us for COVID-19 testing and/or treatment for you. We can verify that you are eligible through the HRSA Uninsured Patient Program Portal.
How does it work?
When you arrive at KidsStreet Urgent Care, let the front desk know that you are there for COVID-19 testing and you do not have insurance. You will need to provide identification and the staff will check your eligibility in a new government online verification system. You will also need to provide a credit card to keep on file. Currently, the program will cover your office visit for testing and a COVID-19 viral swab testing. If you are interested in getting a COVID-19 antibody test, your visit would still be covered, but LabCorp would bill you $100 for the antibody test.
Why do I need a credit or debit card?
If the portal we use to check your eligibility indicates you are eligible, then the new program should cover the visit cost. We will submit your claim to the government’s new online payment system. In the event that the government closes the program or elements of the program are not honored by the government, we would then bill you $60 to cover the cost of the visit. We would send you a notice that the government did not cover your claim and allow you to make other payment arrangements if necessary. If you do not request a different payment arrangement, we would then charge your credit card $60.
We expect that the program will cover the full cost of both your visit and the lab cost since that seems to be the intent of the program, however, this currently only covers the COVID-19 viral swab test. If you are interested in getting a COVID-19 antibody test, your visit would still be covered, but LabCorp would bill you $100 for the antibody test. We are eager to take part in this program and make it available to you, but in order to make it available as soon a possible, we need a path to cover the cost in the event the program does not work as intended 0r runs out of funding sooner than anticipated.
What if I do not have a credit or debit card?
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide COVID-19 testing office visits unless you are able and willing to participate in these guidelines, which includes putting a credit card on file.