On January 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announced that the Public Health Emergency for COVID- 19 will be terminated on May 11, 2023.
The public health emergency has enabled the government to provide many Americans with Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines at no charge. Once the emergency ends, the public can expect out-of-pocket costs for at-home testing and all treatments. However, vaccines will continue to be covered at no cost, as will testing ordered by a health care provider.
The Medicaid expansion during the pandemic will also be affected when the PHE ends. Many will lose Medicaid coverage. Many who are dis-enrolled from Medicaid, however, could qualify for other coverage.
Food stamp programs received a boost during the pandemic. According to CNN report, extra assistance will end as of March, though several states have already stopped providing it.
The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that existing emergency use authorizations for Covid-19 vaccines, tests or treatments will not be affected, and the agency may continue to issue emergency use authorizations.