The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that new incentives will be offered to home care agencies to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in the comfort of home. In their press release dated June 9, 2021 Biden Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Vaccinations By Bolstering Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS reports that there are approximately 1.6 million seniors are home bound and can’t safely travel to a vaccination site.
To provide an incentive to home care companies to provide in-home vaccinations, CMS has increased the payment to these agencies from $40 per dose to $75 per dose. This increased rate can help offset some of the challenges of administering the vaccine to access-challenged individuals. These challenges include ensuring the vaccine is stored properly at the right temperature, and it is administered properly with adequate clinical supervision to recipients in the comfort of home.
CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure states “We’re committed to taking action wherever barriers exist and bringing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to the door of older adlts and other individuals covered by Medicare who still need protection.” The vaccine is available to all Americans, aged 12 and over, at no cost to the recipient, regardless of whether or not they have insurance coverage.
The CMS incentive comes at a critical time in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the more contageous form of the virus “Variant D” is quickly becoming the dominant variant in the U.S.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine provide near you
- Visit vaccines.gov to search for vaccine providers nearby.
- Text GETVAX (438829) for access to details about three vaccine sites near you.
- Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.
A person’s inability to safely leave their home should not be an obstacle to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving the vaccine in the comfort of home will protect vulnerable seniors, their families, and in-home care providers.
Adapted from Biden Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Vaccinations By Bolstering Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries, CMS Press Release, June 9, 2021