COVID Testing Is Supposed to Be Free. So Why Are People Still Getting Huge Bills?

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Free, universal coronavirus testing is critical to flattening the arc of infection. But while federal law aims to make such testing easy to access and widely available, those efforts have fallen short for many Americans.

The U.S. healthcare system — chaotic in any “normal” year — is being stretched tissue-paper thin by a flood of coronavirus cases, and squabbling between insurers and legislators about who should pay for that influx isn’t making things easier.