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Coronavirus testing will be free for all Americans, CDC director says

The commitment comes during a back-and-forth with a member of Congress who pointed out the high costs associated with testing.

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All Americans will have access to free testing and treatment for the?, regardless of their insurance situation, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in congressional testimony Thursday.

787彩票开户Dr. Robert Redfield's commitment came amid a back-and-forth with Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, in which she held up a white board and totaled up the costs associated with testing for the coronavirus.

"I did the math," Porter said, holding up a bill tally that totaled $1,331. Noting that the cost may prevent some from getting tested, she then demanded Redfield use his legal authority as the CDC director, under the Code of Federal Regulations, to cover the cost of testing. ?

787彩票开户After Redfield said, "We're going to do everything to make sure everybody can get the care they need," Porter interjected, saying "Nope, not good enough" and continued to press Redfield until he made a commitment to use his authority to guarantee free testing.

"Our intent is to make sure every American gets the care and treatment they need at this time in this major epidemic, and I am currently working with HHS to see how to best operationalize it," Redfield said, referring to the Department of Health and Human Services.

"You need to make a commitment to the American people so they come in to get tested," Porter said. "You can operationalize the payment structure tomorrow."

With that question, Redfield seemed to relent. "I think you're an excellent questioner, so my answer is yes," he said.

787彩票开户The regulation Porter cited, , reads in part: "The Director may authorize payment for the care and treatment of individuals subject to medical examination, quarantine, isolation, and conditional release."

?confirmed worldwide. The?World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic on March 11.

787彩票开户CDC representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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