For Many Pandemic Victims, Lingering Effects Stress Insurance Coverage

Doctors and researchers warn that the need for extended and expensive care could burden public safety-net programs like Medicare

Understanding how the body clears the new coronavirus is becoming more important as the U.S. begins to reopen. WSJ’s Daniela Hernandez explains how the body fights infection and why feeling better doesn’t equal being virus-free. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann (Originally published May 6, 2020)

The new coronavirus that infected Tricia Sales in March still plagues her. The horse trainer and onetime cocktail server deals with dizziness and nausea. At times, she can’t feel her hands and feet.

Her five-month struggle has meant specialists, drugs, a spinal tap, imaging scans and 15 hospital visits. The uninsured single mother said she owes more than $100,000 in medical bills but is too sick to fully work.

香蕉视频苹果下载“I have been too ill to deal with the bills and have been focused on mainly trying to feel better,” said Ms. Sales, 41 years old, who had qualified for a Medicaid program for people with high medical expenses that reduce their income. Some of her medical bills are being sent to collection agencies.

Ms. Sales is among a group of patients, the exact size of which is unknown, developing long-term medical problems from Covid-19香蕉视频苹果下载 that require extended—and often expensive—medical care, stressing families’ financial security and taxing an already strained health system.

A number of doctors and researchers are warning the fallout from people who develop long-term health effects from coronavirus could ripple through the U.S. economy, burdening public safety-net programs such as Medicaid while leaving many patients with significant medical debt.

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