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After almost a year of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we still haven’t seen much relief. Stress remains high as the number of cases continues to rise and the economy hasn’t recovered. Families and hospital staff alike are struggling after nearly half a million Americans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications.

Health care and health insurance costs are likely to rise even more as a result of the pandemic. On top of that, surprise medical billing can quickly add up to large amounts of debt; routine tests alone can result in thousands of dollars in uncovered charges. This is damaging not only for patients but for carriers, payers and the industry at large.

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