Physicians and health insurers can't bill patients and members for costs related to COVID-19 vaccines, HHS said in a recent statement.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra sent a letter to providers and insurers June 9 reminding them that billing patients for COVID-19 vaccines is prohibited.
The letter comes after reports have highlighted Americans' concerns about facing unexpected costs associated with the vaccine and testing. Mr. Becerra specifically cited a recent The New York Times article that found fear of surprise bills could be contributing to vaccine hesitancy.
"We recognize that there are costs associated with administering the vaccines — from staff trainings to vaccine storage. For these expenses, providers may not bill patients but can seek reimbursement through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or other applicable coverage," Mr. Becerra said.