STAT+: There may be a backdoor way for hospitals to get paid for uninsured Covid-19 care

The federal government shut down a program that paid for Covid tests, treatments, and vaccines for the uninsured, but there may be a workaround.

WASHINGTON — The federal health department shut down a program that paid hospitals and clinics for caring for uninsured Covid-19 patients, but some hospitals are now eyeing a backdoor option to get those costs paid for.

Throughout much of the pandemic, the costs of testing, vaccinating, and treating uninsured patients were mostly funneled to a multi-billion-dollar program run by the Health Resources and Services Administration, but that program ran out of money and shut down in April. The program paid out more than $1 billion per month, which means its closure was a big hit for some facilities that serve large numbers of uninsured patients.

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