If you are worried about whether you have contracted the coronavirus, the good news is that Medicaid benefits cover testing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) designates testing for COVID-19 as an essential health benefit.
Medicaid covers all coronavirus testing completed on or after Feb. 4, 2020. However, medical providers were not able to file a claim for benefits until April 1, 2020. The reason for the delay was inadequate insurance coding guidelines. Given that the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in our time, it was vital to add a new diagnosis code.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
Individuals with COVID-19 experience wide-ranging symptoms. Some are mild, while others are severe. Older adults are considered an at-risk population. Seniors should take additional precautions because the risk of a severe illness increases with age. Symptoms generally manifest between two and 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Dry cough
- Muscle and body aches
- Lost taste or smell senses
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Vomiting or nausea
While this symptoms list is not exhaustive, it is important that you get tested or visit a physician if you feel any symptoms. Medicaid does cover testing, so make sure you get checked.
Call Mortellaro Law If You Need Legal Help with Your Medicaid Benefits
Our office remains committed to assisting seniors and their families in obtaining Medicaid coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. We offer free consultations via phone or video conference as well as following cleaning procedures for those who visit our office. A Medicaid benefits attorney in Tampa will help you get financial assistance if you need the assistance of another person with activities of daily living. Contact Mortellaro Law for a free consultation by calling 813-367-1500 or by sending us a message here.