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Are US health insurance companies covering COVID-19 patients?

Several health insurance companies say they will cover testing and treatment, but the situation remains unclear.

Alone among developed countries, the United States’s healthcare system is not universal but run by for-profit health insurance companies.

A former health insurance executive turned whistle-blower says the industry is expecting to do well during the coronavirus.

While several companies in the US say they will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment, there remains much confusion over who will ultimately end up covering the bills.

Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC in the US.