CNN -- President Joe Biden intends to end the COVID-19 national and public health emergencies on May 11, the White House said on Jan. 30. That means many Americans could have to start paying for COVID-19 testing and treatment after the declarations cease. The White House, in a statement of administration policy announcing opposition to two House Republican measures to end the emergencies, said the national emergency and public health emergency authorities declared in response to the pandemic would each be extended one final time to May 11.
Here’s a quick overview of what will happen when PHE ends:
- Medicare Part B reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration will decrease from $40 to $30 to match other Part B vaccine administration rates. Part B or D vaccines will still be covered with no cost sharing for members.
- People with private insurance who receive COVID-19 vaccines could incur out of pocket costs after federal supply of vaccines is depleted.
- Enhanced reimbursement of $75 for at home administration of COVID-19 vaccines will continue through the end of 2023.
- Coverage of COVID-19 testing without cost sharing, including the 8 per month OTC COVID-19 tests, will end with the PHE.
- TBD what will happen with EUAs for vaccines and treatments - there will be a transition period to commercialization of these products (including bivalent boosters, pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, and oral antivirals)
- No effect on expansion of telehealth services for Medicare - these will continue through end of 2024.
- No effect on PREP act expanding authority and liability immunity - this is scheduled to end October 1, 2024 (which will end technician vaccine administration unless we advocate for HB2263 to be in KS law!)
- More details
- CNN article