COVID Alert: Battle looming over cost burden of mandated testing

Nursing home workers are among the most vulnerable workers to the novel coronavirus, as they care for residents around the clock often with very little protection. Because of this, many care workers are frequently tested for the virus, but unfortunately, there are recent reports of employers attempting to bill the workers’ insurance to cover the tests.

The USW wants to remind its members, especially those in the long-term care industry, to reach out to your local union if your employer tries to charge you or your insurance for employer-provided and mandated COVID-19 testing.

Regular testing of nursing home staff is one of the most important ways to contain this and other outbreaks. The union plans to keep a watchful eye on this issue and will provide any updates as they arrive.

Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local union if this issue arises in your workplace.

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