On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. On January 31, 2023, the Biden Administration stated that they plan to end the COVID Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023.
What does this mean for you? This will likely mean that some of the emergency measures and funding put in place during the height of the pandemic will no longer be available.
To start, states that were once barred from dropping coverage for people on Medicaid due to the Covid-19 Relief Fund in March 2020, are now expected to drop coverage for about 15 million people currently covered by Medicaid.
Medicare patients will pay out of pocket costs for “at home” testing and treatment. Medicare patients that receive Covid-19 tests ordered by the physician and vaccinations are free of charge but may only have out-of-pocket costs for treatment. Those with private insurance may have charges for lab tests, even if they are ordered by a provider but vaccinations in-network are free.
Pfizer and Moderna have already announced that the commercial prices for Covid-19 vaccines will likely be between $82 and $130 per dose – about three to four times what the federal government has paid, according to Kaiser but those with private insurance will be free of charge under the Affordable Care Act, the Inflation Reduction Act and a 2020 relief package.
Doctegrity is there for you when you are sick. You do not need insurance to see our doctors. We are here to help you feel better. Contact us today for an online appointment.