COVID-19 Services for Uninsured Patients: FAQs
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2021
Currently, COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines may be free to anyone without health insurance.1
Below are answers to frequently asked questions that many uninsured patients have.
FAQs: COVID-19 Services for Uninsured Patients
Which COVID-19 services are free to uninsured patients?
COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines are all available as free services to uninsured patients.1
Why are these COVID-19 services free?
What if I receive a bill for COVID-19 services?
What if I have already paid the bill I received for COVID-19 services?
You may be entitled to a refund if your provider billed HRSA as well. First, check if the bill lists HRSA reimbursement for the COVID-19 services. Also, contact the provider/healthcare facility who billed you to discuss a possible refund.2
If you cannot obtain a refund that you believe you are due, you may file a complaint with the HHS Office of Inspector General by calling the hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or visiting their website (https://TIPS.HHS.GOV).2
You may be responsible for payment if the care was not eligible for HRSA reimbursement or the provider did not submit the claim to HRSA. However, at this time, any provider administering COVID-19 vaccines cannot charge you for the vaccine or administration of the vaccine.2
Does immigration status affect eligibility for free COVID-19 services?
No; all uninsured patients are eligible for free COVID-19 services regardless of immigration status.1
Will my immigration status be reported to an immigration agency if I receive free COVID-19 services?
Do I need a Social Security Number or government ID to obtain free COVID-19 services?
No; although you may be asked for this information by the healthcare facility or pharmacy, you can still receive free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and/or vaccination if you unable to provide it.1
EligibilityAdvocates: Helping Uninsured Patients
EligibilityAdvocates assists uninsured patients with finding health coverage and/or applying for other programs to help cover their medical costs. Our services are free to patients.
Contact us to reach an EligibilityAdvocates Representative or for more information on COVID-19 services for uninsured patients.
Answers to the questions above were obtained from:
1 HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration). “Uninsured Patient COVID Services Poster.” (2021). Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/uninsured-patient-covid-services-poster.pdf
2 HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration). “Impact on Patients.” (2021). Retrieved from https://www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief/patient-impact/