Confirmed: COVID-19 vaccines will be free
MADISON – Today the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) issued a bulletin affirming that the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided at no cost for all Wisconsin residents. All health insurers will be prohibited from charging for the vaccine or any of the administrative costs of the vaccine and anyone without health insurance will also be able to get vaccinated at no cost.
“As distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, we want to ensure that every Wisconsinite knows they have access to the vaccine without any cost barriers,” said Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable. “Regardless of you your insurance company is, or if you even have insurance coverage, Wisconsin residents can be assured that they will not be charged to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being distributed in accordance with federal and state guidelines with health care personnel, people in long-term care and assisted living facilities, and other essential workers receiving priority access. A summary of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program can be found here.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act required any COVID-19 vaccine to be covered at no cost to consumers. It also expanded the range of COVID-19 services that must be covered to include testing, office visits, and urgent care or emergency room visits.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.