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HRSA to Stop Accepting COVID-19 Uninsured Claims

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will stop accepting claims for payment for COVID-19-related testing, treatment, and vaccination. Citing a depletion of funds allocated for the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program, the agency says the last day for providers to submit claims for testing and treatment is March 22 and the last day to submit vaccine administration claims is April 5.

HRSA will not adjudicate any claims received after these dates. Claims submitted by these deadlines will be reviewed and reimbursed subject to eligibility and availability of funds.

Through the COVID-19 Uninsured Program, HRSA reimburses providers at Medicare rates for the testing, treatment, and vaccine administration of uninsured individuals. Funding for this program has been allocated through COVID-19 legislation, including the Provider Relief Fund created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as separate funding for testing through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In recent weeks, HRSA said there are no remaining PRF funds.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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