As the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of “long COVID” is becoming increasingly visible — posing thorny challenges not only for the patients suffering from it but also health care providers, payers and policymakers alike.

Known clinically as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, long COVID can be characterized by a slew of different symptoms, including neurologic, behavioral and cardiopulmonary ones. In addition to the often-debilitating symptoms associated with long COVID, patients with this condition may face the added burden of struggling to get their treatment covered.