PORTLAND, Ore. – The State of Oregon is now requiring health benefit plans in Oregon to cover costs of COVID-19 vaccination.
This applies to private health plans operating in Oregon. Patients will not be charged for most costs related to getting the vaccine.
State officials said the Oregon Health Plan and Medicare programs do not charge patients for 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,” Public Health Director Rachael 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.”
Providers are encouraged to bill insurance for vaccination costs and avoid asking patients to cover costs.