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Even before the pandemic, many insured people were struggling to pay out-of-pocket medical bills. Then, while some insurers waived deductibles and copays for those who needed treatment for COVID-19, many out-of-pocket costs were still not covered.

According to University of Michigan research, 71.2 percent of 1,377 Americans with private insurance had an average of $788 in out-of-pocket expenditures for professional and ancillary services that were not covered by waivers. For 4.6 percent of the patients whose hospital stay copays weren’t covered by waivers, mean out-of-pocket spending was $3,840.

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