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SLO County to Offset COVID-19 Testing Costs by Charging Medical Insurance

Author: Joint Information Center
Date: 7/8/2020 10:00:54 AM

In order to offset the costs for reagents, test kits, and staff time it takes to provide COVID-19 tests to the public, the County of San Luis Obispo has added new fees that will be billed to medical insurance, effective August 7th.


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San Luis Obispo, CA — In order to offset the costs for reagents, test kits, and staff time it takes to provide COVID-19 tests to the public, the County of San Luis Obispo has added new fees that will be billed to medical insurance, effective August 7th.

The County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing yesterday to consider an ordinance amending the County Fee Schedule to add new fees for COVID-19 testing.

“Persons themselves will not bear the cost, but this will allow our laboratory to get revenue that will allow the ongoing testing support needed over the course of this pandemic,” said County Health Officer, Dr. Penny Borenstein. “The County Public Health lab prioritizes testing for health care workers, hospitalized patients, congregate care settings, corrections facilities, contacts of those who have tested positive.”

The County currently faces a $32 million to $56 million budget shortfall, meaning expenses are expected to outpace revenue countywide this fiscal year. The testing fees will result in an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 in revenue that will help offset the costs of COVID-19 testing as the pandemic continues

Ongoing COVID-19 testing at current capacity will continue to impact the County Public Health Department. Fee revenue was not even partially recovering the cost of providing the service.

CARES Act funds are anticipated to offset a portion of the expenses to date for the COVID-19 tests already completed.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with COVID-19 questions.


El Condado de SLO compensa los costos de las pruebas COVID-19 mediante el cobro de un seguro médico

San Luis Obispo, CA — Con el fin de compensar los costos de las examenes de COVID-19 y el tiempo del personal que se tarda en proporcionar pruebas COVID-19 al público, el Condado de San Luis Obispo ha agregado nuevas tarifas que se facturarán al seguro médico y toman efecto el 7 de Agosto.

La Junta de Supervisores del Condado celebró una audiencia pública ayer para considerar una ordenanza que modificaba el Programa de Tarifas del Condado para agregar nuevas tarifas para las pruebas COVID-19.

"Las personas mismas no asumirán el costo, pero esto permitirá a nuestro laboratorio obtener ingresos que permitirán el apoyo de pruebas en curso necesario en el transcurso de esta pandemia", dijo la Dra. Penny Borenstein, Oficial de Salud del Condado. "El laboratorio de Salud Pública del Condado prioriza las pruebas para trabajadores de atención médica, pacientes hospitalizados, congregar centros de atención, centros de correcciones, contactos de aquellos que han dado positivo".

El Condado actualmente enfrenta un déficit presupuestario de $32 millones a $56 millones, lo que significa que se espera que los gastos supere los ingresos de todo el condado este año fiscal. Las tarifas de prueba darán como resultado un estimado de $300,000 a $400,000 en ingresos que ayudarán a compensar los costos de las pruebas COVID-19 a medida que la pandemia continue.

Las pruebas COVID-19 en curso a la capacidad actual continuarán afectando al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado.  Los ingresos ni siquiera estaban recuperando parcialmente el costo de la prestación del servicio.

Se anticipa que los fondos de CARES Act compensen una parte de los gastos que se handado asta la fecha completandon los examenes de COVID-19.

Para actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 en el Condado de SLO, visite ReadySLO.org o llame a la Línea de Información de Salud Pública registrada al (805) 788-2903. Para el centro de asistencia telefónica con personal marque al (805) 543-2444.  El Personal está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. para ayudar con las preguntas COVID-19.