DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver father was billed thousands of dollars in medical charges after an emergency room visit for coronavirus-like symptoms. Timothy Regan told CBS This Morning he went to Denver Health with a severe cough.

Timothy Regan (credit: CBS)

He got an electro-cardiogram and a lung x-ray, but was not given a nasal swab test. Regan was presumed positive for COVID-19 by an ER doctor, and he later self-quarantined.

After a couple of weeks, he started to feel better. Then he received a bill.

“We’ve never really seen a bill like that. So it took us completely off guard,” he said.

The bill totaled more than $3,200. His insurer, United Healthcare, covered part of the bill, but left thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.

(credit: CBS)

Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March which requires health insurers to waive cost sharing for coronavirus testing.

United Healthcare reviewed Regan’s case at the request of CBS and Kaiser Health News. They have since waived all charges.

Comments (6)
  1. Kim says:

    Hooray for the ACA. Thanks Obummer.

  2. Dagmar says:

    This isn’t news. Bills like this happen every day to average Americans even with insurance.

  3. er-ripoff says:

    Similar experience. Wife went to ER at St Anthony’s Lakewood for ear ache. Was there for 20 minutes. Got a bill for over $3,000. We disputed it but it was declined. Apparently this is normal.

    1. er-ripoff says:

      Ha! St Anthony’s wasn’t done with us. We just got another bill for $500. So we’re up to about $3600 for a little ER visit. Wife was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics. That’s what we got for 3600 bucks.

  4. Jay Alenby says:

    The point is completely misrepresented. The problem is ; that what if this was not a potential corona virus diagnosis? He would have billed $3200 for an ER visit which is total BS. Healthcare in America is pathetic.

  5. Duane Angell says:

    I thought this was going to be a big news story… until I read the last line.

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