Federal Covid-19 Reimbursement Program for Uninsured Americans Ends

The program that reimburses pharmacies, clinics, doctors, hospitals and other providers for testing and treating the
uninsured for Covid-19 stopped accepting new claims last week due to insufficient funds and will cease taking claims for vaccinating the uninsured tomorrow. The ending of the program which was launched early on in the pandemic will make it tougher for the nation’s 31 million uninsured residents to contend with Covid-19 and many uninsured Americans will have no choice but to pay out of pocket to get tested for the Coronavirus and receive treatment. Vaccines will continue to be offered free of charge since the federal government pre-purchased all vaccines. On Thursday, lawmakers in Congress struck a bipartisan deal ‘in principle’ for a $10 billion Covid-19 aid proposal according to Senator Mitt Romney but that measure will need to be voted upon in both the House and Senate before it gets signed by President Biden.