California Attorney General Warns Consumers About Proliferating COVID Fees

  • California AG Xavier Becerra warned consumers about so-called “COVID fees” that some healthcare providers are reportedly charging patients to purportedly cover additional expenses such as more frequent cleanings and disinfections and greater use of personal protective equipment.
  • According to the AG’s office, healthcare providers may not charge a COVID fee to patients enrolled in certain state and federal healthcare programs, such as Medi-Cal and Medicare, and the AG’s office further recommends that patients enrolled in these programs file a complaint with the AG’s office if they have been charged COVID fees.
  • The AG’s office also notes that patients with private health insurance have the right to ask their insurers whether their healthcare providers are allowed to charge a COVID fee under their insurance plan rules.