HHS Outlines Additional Funds for COVID-19 Uninsured Program

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the issuance of $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. The funding will allow the program to continue reimbursing health providers for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19. As of May 19, 2021, the program has already issued nearly $4 billion in testing reimbursements to providers.

According to HHS, there are approximately 29 million uninsured individuals living in the U.S. By ensuring programs like the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program remains adequately funded, HHS indicates cost impediments will be removed so anyone exposed to COVID-19 may seek appropriate testing and care.

Additional information on the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program is available here.