Oregon: Health insurance should cover cost of COVID-19 vaccine – Pamplin Media Group

3February 2021

Insurance companies will be needed to cover the cost of a vaccination for the novel coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority states.

COURTESY PHOTO: OHSU - A Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown here. Oregon homeowners will not have to cough up any dough when getting a shot in the arm to safeguard against the unique coronavirus, public health leaders say. Public Health Director Rachael Banks ordered that the COVID-19 vaccination “will be covered by insurance,” according to an Oregon Health Authority official declaration on Jan. 27.

That indicates personal insurance companies can not charge for the cost of a dosage of the vaccine, for associated materials or for administrative expenditures, such as the expense in staff time.

Banks said she expects health care service providers to avoid asking or anticipating patients to cover administrative expenses not directly associated with the vaccine.

“There need to be no monetary barrier to getting the vaccine, whether it’s a co-pay or administrative charge,” Banks stated. “Even small expenses can be a huge problem for people with restricted resources, especially thinking about the economic challenges people have actually faced for the in 2015.”

The health order covers both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the just such inoculations authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration up until now.

Those without personal insurance should not fear any hidden fees either, as the Oregon Health Plan and Medicare programs currently do not charge for vaccination costs.

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