14 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

The Leavenworth County Health Department reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The new confirmed cases were reported Monday in the Health Department’s first update since Friday afternoon. All 14 of the new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as community cases.

To date, there have been 1,227 confirmed cases of the virus in Leavenworth County. That number includes 849 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 311 community cases, 72 are considered active. Three of the cases involving LCF inmates are active.

Everyone who tested positive at the Grossman Center has recovered.

Currently, there is one person from Leavenworth County who is in the hospital because of COVID-19, according to the Health Department.

Seven Leavenworth County residents, including four LCF inmates, have died as a result of COVID-19.

In addition to the 1,227 positive cases, 7,262 people in the county who were tested for the virus received negative results. This includes 224 tests with negative results that were reported since Friday afternoon.

The Kansas insurance commissioner is cautioning people to review statements from their health insurers to make sure they are not being incorrectly charged for COVID-19 testing.

The Kansas Insurance Department’s Consumer Assistance Division recently became aware of situations in which federal law was not being followed related to COVID-19 testing, according to a news release from the department.

“Providers and health insurers have a responsibility to ensure claims are processed correctly,” Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt said in a news release. “Kansans should pay special attention to any charges related to COVID-19 testing to ensure they are not improper.”

Federal law requires COVID-19 testing without cost sharing – including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance – requirements or prior authorization and other medical management requirements, according to the news release.

This means most consumers should not be billed a separate provider or facility fee for receiving a COVID-19 diagnostic test.

The Kansas Insurance Department has a Consumer Assistance Hotline, 785-296-7829 or 800-432-2484, to assist consumers who believe they were subject to improper charges.

Consumers can also contact the Insurance Department by email at kid.webcomplaints@ks.gov or through the department’s website at insurance.kansas.gov/complaint

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