COVID-19 tests, shots and treatments are still free/affordable – Albuquerque Journal

by | Jul 4, 2022 | COVID-19

There is deep concern in our communities and vulnerable populations about a topic that impacts many New Mexicans: the idea “free” COVID-19 services are going away.
In a nutshell, federal COVID-19 reimbursement guidelines have changed, and that affects services that used to be available at no cost to the public. While vaccines and treatments do remain free to the public, the cost of administering them is absorbed by providers who themselves struggle to handle the additional operational costs.
Everyone – regardless of your ability to pay – should get tested, vaccinated and treated because everyone deserves the ability to minimize illness from COVID-19. We are in this together and need to look out for each other.
So we want to reassure you these critical services will still be available at little or no cost to you. However, there are big changes that started July 1, and we want to make sure everyone is aware and understands what their options are.
If you have insurance, please check with your health insurer, including Medicaid and Medicare, for coverage of testing, vaccinations and treatment. We anticipate these services will be covered at minimal to no cost under most health insurance plans.
If you qualify …

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