OP-ED | Connecticut Arrives At A COVID-19 Crossroads – CTNewsJunkie

OP-ED | Connecticut Arrives At A COVID-19 Crossroads – CTNewsJunkie

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Dr. ROBERT ZAVOSKI & JEFFREY STEELE

The Lamont administration’s response to the pandemic leads the nation in its creative response to the coronavirus scourge, bringing clinical and testing resources to bear where and when needed, enabling access to telehealth services, while enforcing critical, if unpopular, public health measures. This response is saving countless lives.

Unfortunately, Connecticut appears to be at a crossroads in its COVID pandemic response. Apparently alarmed at state spending, state leaders seek to curtail support of COVID testing and minimize state costs for the COVID vaccine just as vaccine efforts ramp up. Specifically, state officials propose charging individual’s insurance plans for COVID testing and/or vaccine administration.

H.L. Mencken once said, “that for every problem, there is a simple solution that is wrong.”  Forcing providers and clinics to bill insurances for the COVID pandemic response is just such a solution, that when reviewed critically, is just plain wrong.

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