September 26, 2023
The federal government is calling on insurers to provide coverage for the updated COVID-19 vaccines that became available earlier this month.
In a letter last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra responded to reports that thousands of people are receiving coverage denials for the updated vaccines. He indicated that some insurers may be dealing with issues beyond their control, but that they are required to ensure their members have access to these vaccines without cost sharing.
“We want to underscore the public health importance of reducing barriers to coverage however possible and urge you to consider any and all ways to reduce these barriers,” Becerra wrote in the letter to the health care payor community. "It is critical to help your members navigate your network, particularly to help people understand the differences between your medical and pharmacy network as appropriate."
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP continues to monitory the latest COVID-19 public health developments and provide updates to members. The federal letter to the health care payor community is available online.
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