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U.S. Covid Response Showing Cracks as Congress Delays Funds

  • Lawmakers from both parties balk at administration request
  • ‘We can’t stomach’ turning away uninsured: testing executive
A Covid-19 Testing Site As South Carolina Cases Surge
Photographer: Micah Green/Bloomberg

Personic Health Care has been providing free Covid testing for uninsured families in Philadelphia and northern Virginia throughout the pandemic, thanks in part to federal support.

But earlier this month when the White House said that the U.S. doesn’t have the funds to cover those costs, it put Personic, a mid-sized patient-monitoring and telehealth company, in a precarious spot. The company wants to continue offering the free tests, but that’s not sustainable through another surge of infections, said Azmat Husain, its founder and chief medical officer.