A screenshot of the Monday, March 15 briefing

Medicare reimbursement for COVID-19 shots to double

March 15, 2021
The announcement from the Biden Administration comes a few days after dentists were added to a federal list of approved vaccination providers.
Amelia Williamson DeStefano, Group Editorial Director

In a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing Monday, the Biden Administration announced that Medicare reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccines would nearly double from $23 to $40 per shot.

The increase is intended to make it financially feasible for more health-care providers to participate in vaccination efforts, officials said. "We need this heroic team, in particular, to make sure that our highest-risk and undeserved populations are cared for," said Andy Slavitt, White House COVID-19 Response Team senior advisor.

This announcement also comes on the heels of an emergency declaration issued March 11 expanding the pool of care professionals qualified to administer shots. The federal government now allows dentists and dental students to give the vaccine. In some states, dentists had already been authorized to provide this service. EMTs, paramedics, optometrists, midwives, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and others are also included in this new order.

The US Department of Health and Human Services says it plans to create a website to help individuals determine if they are eligible to provide the vaccine.

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