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Nearly every Michigan resident with traditional health coverage will now likely face some medical bills if they get severely sick from COVID.
While COVID vaccines and boosters along with diagnostic testing remain free under federal law, private insurers are no longer willing to pick up out-of-pocket hospitalization costs, which can routinely amount to thousands of dollars, according to a recent study.
The change in policy represents a return to the pre-pandemic way of handling medical costs for the insurance industry. And it marks a dramatic shift from the first year-and-a-half of COVID, when insurers across the nation agreed to waive deductibles, copays and other costs for those sickened by the new coronavirus.