May 7, 2022 - Health

3. The coming coverage fight

Illustration of a health insurance claim form and a stamp saying "payment due" surrounded by bill envelopes.

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Americans suffering from long COVID are running into the obstacles presented by health and safety net systems that are difficult to navigate in the best scenarios —and certainly aren't set up to deal with the ambiguity of a new chronic disease.

Why it matters: Long COVID patients can be hit with the financial double whammy of expensive medical bills and a reduction of income, if the condition impairs their ability to work.

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