HRSA Uninsured Program no longer accepting claims for COVID testing, vaccine administration

March 16, 2022

Update: As of April 5, HRSA is also no longer accepting claims for vaccine administration.

Clinical Laboratories and providers performing COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for uninsured patients are no longer able to submit those claims for federal reimbursement, according to an announcement from the Biden Administration last month.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Uninsured Program, which allows providers to submit claims for COVID-19 testing, treatment or vaccination performed on uninsured patients, provided a statement on its website that claims for COVID testing and treatment will stop being accepted on March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Claims for vaccinations will be accepted until April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Qualifying claims submitted prior to those deadlines will be reimbursed based on the availability of funds, according to the website.

The abrupt halt in federal reimbursement for these services comes after Republicans and Democrats couldn’t reach an agreement to include about $15 billion in COVID-related funding as part of the $1.5 trillion government spending package passed last month.

Last week, the Senate agreed to an additional $10 billion COVID funding package that will be paid for through reappropriated existing funds. However, the exact outline of what that package will cover has yet to be determined.

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