As of March 22nd, 2022, the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) will no longer reimburse healthcare providers for claims submitted for COVID-19 testing and treatments of uninsured patients. Starting April 5th, 2022, they will stop accepting claims for vaccinations against COVID-19 as well. However, according to the CDC, COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers must continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients. This Uninsured Program was provided during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide healthcare providers reimbursement for Covid testing, treatments, and administering vaccinations. These reimbursements typically came within 30 days and were generally Medicare rates.
Any claims submitted for testing and treatments after March 22nd will not be reviewed for reimbursement, and after April 5th, claims for vaccinations will not be reviewed. This decision was made due to lack of sufficient funds. Claims that were submitted before the deadlines will be put into review and reimbursed according to availability of funds. The HRSA anticipates that claims submitted by the deadline may take longer than the typical 30 business day timeframe to process to determine the availability of funds. There are other resources are available to providers and/or uninsured individuals after the deadlines have passed. Alternative resources for uninsured individuals who need COVID-19 services or need assistance with other medical expenses and procedures are listed below:
- Medicaid enrollment
- Healthcare marketplace enrollment
- gov – Find a Health Center
For more information, please visit https://www.hrsa.gov/