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White House: Uninsured people won’t get free COVID treatment

As of March 22, the Uninsured Persons Program will no longer accept claims from medical providers due to “lack of sufficient funds”.

ATLANTA — Unless Congress passes another round of COVID-19 relief funds on March 22, uninsured people will no longer be eligible to get free coronavirus treatment.

According to a press release from the White Housethe Program not insured will not accept reimbursement claims from medical providers due to “lack of sufficient funds”.

This update comes two weeks after the White House unveiled the National COVID-⁠19 Preparedness Planwhich outlines how the country plans to move forward in this final stage of the pandemic.

However, Dr. Cameron Webb, senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, said that despite the drop in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, without these funds, the United States “would lose the ability to stay prepared”.

He said many people will start to see the effects of these changes, starting with those without insurance.

“As of next Tuesday, for uninsured people undergoing testing and treatment for COVID-19, there will be no such fund. Health and social services to sustain them, providers will either have to provide that care for free or withhold it,” he said.

In addition, the government is also decreasing the number of supplies each state receives, including life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments.

“We’re reducing the amount of monoclonal antibodies we’re sending to states by 30% this week, and that’s not something we want to do,” Webb said.

To continue providing needed services to Americans, Congress must allocate $22.5 billion in “immediate emergency funding,” according to the White House press release.

This money will be used to buy more supplies like vaccines, boosters, testing equipment and treatments, but overall the statement said these funds will be a way to ensure that all Americans have access to these services.

“This $22.5 billion, every dollar is mission critical so we can really focus on preparation and execution. It’s our ability to make sure we have the next round of vaccines that might be needed or even variant-specific vaccines if that becomes necessary, making sure there’s enough testing for people,” Webb said.

Unless Congress passes these funds, from April 5uninsured people will also no longer have access to free COVID-19 vaccines.