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Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Debt For Trying To Get Tested For COVID-19

Added 06-30-20 06:07:02am EST - “Carmen Quintero couldn't get tested for COVID-19, but ended up with a huge bill for trying to. She also was told to self-isolate and had no choice but to use vacation time to stay home from work.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Debt For Trying To Get Tested For COVID-19”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Carmen Quintero works as a supervisor at a distribution center for N95 masks. She owes $1,840 for other care she received when she tried to get a test for COVID-19. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

Carmen Quintero works as a supervisor at a distribution center for N95 masks. She owes $1,840 for other care she received when she tried to get a test for COVID-19.

Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships N95 masks to a nation under siege from the coronavirus. On March 23, she had developed a severe cough, and her voice, usually quick and enthusiastic, was barely a whisper.

"They told me I couldn't come back until I was tested," said Quintero, who was also told that she would need to document that she didn't have the virus.

Her primary care doctor directed her to the nearest emergency room for testing because the practice had no coronavirus tests.

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