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Oregon now requires insurers to cover COVID-19 vaccinations

This includes the cost of all vaccine doses and necessary supplies, and the labor of medical staff that administer the shot.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 5:30 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2021 5:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state of Oregon will require health insurance companies to cover costs that arise from coronavirus vaccinations following an order by Public Health Director Rachael Banks.

The January 27 determination cites Oregon law, mandating that health plans operating in Oregon not charge patients for "most costs" related to providing the vaccine. This includes the cost of all vaccine doses and necessary supplies, and the labor of medical staff that administer the shot.

Broadly speaking, vaccine doses are paid for via U.S. taxpayer dollars — with the federal government purchasing shipments from the companies that produce the vaccine and distributing them to states. However, local vaccine providers are allowed to charge an administration fee for giving the shots.

The Oregon ruling requires that insurance companies cover these kinds of fees. The Oregon Health Plan and Medicare programs already do not charge patients for the cost of vaccinations.

“We are in the midst of a devastating pandemic that has affected more than 142,000 people in Oregon and claimed almost 2,000 lives,” Banks said. “There should be no financial barrier to getting the vaccine, whether it’s a copay or administrative fee. Even small costs can be a big burden for people with limited resources, particularly considering the economic challenges people have faced for the last year.”

Banks said that she encourages vaccine providers to bill patients' insurance for any administrative costs, and avoid asking patients to cover them.

The order delivered by Banks specifically references the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, though it acknowledges that "More COVID-19 vaccines may become available following clinical trials and approval by the FDA.”

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Reported Deaths: 2756
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Washington26781248
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Clackamas18932235
Lane13908164
Jackson11535146
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Linn561181
Yamhill478279
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas388483
Malheur361463
Josephine360672
Benton326522
Jefferson237039
Coos216637
Columbia192129
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Crook129223
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Morrow115416
Clatsop10589
Baker101115
Curry71011
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
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Kern1107991404
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Contra Costa70730813
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Tulare49776849
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San Mateo42681581
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Santa Barbara34613455
Solano33762266
Merced32313478
Sonoma30884317
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Placer23589299
Kings23195247
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Madera16638245
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Marin14206230
Yolo14160212
Butte12668194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10396116
Napa1002680
Sutter9663113
Yuba648951
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Lassen578424
Tehama573463
Nevada491975
Humboldt449948
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Tuolumne421271
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Lake356345
Glenn243427
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