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Mercy holding off on charging for COVID-19 treatments

"This removes any financial barriers to accessing care and treatment," a spokesperson said Thursday.
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(Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health is suspending all statements and billing for COVID-19-related treatments, the healthcare provider announced today.

"This removes any financial barriers to accessing care and treatment, which is part of our ongoing commitment to care for all people in need with high-quality care, regardless of their ability to pay," reads a release Thursday afternoon from Mercy spokesperson Jonathon Fauvie.

Additionally, upfront payments for COVID-19 treatments won't be required at the time of service.

Mercy will continue to bill insurance but will suspend patient statements until the providers finalizes working arrangments with insurance companies, lab partners and state and federal governments.