Doctors, nurses, and other health providers can now be paid by the government for vaccinating underinsured patients against Covid-19, the Health and Human Services Department announced Monday.
Health workers aren’t allowed to bill patients for administering the Covid-19 vaccine, but some insurance plans don’t fully cover those costs. This is intended to fill that compensation gap, the HHS said.
“We are closing the final payment gap that resulted as vaccines were administered to underinsured individuals. No healthcare provider should hesitate to deliver these critical vaccines to patients over reimbursement cost concerns,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.