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On May 11, 2023, the nationwide COVID-19 public health emergency and the national emergency declaration, each first declared in early 2020, will officially end. The largest direct impact of the end of these emergencies will be felt in medical benefits.

Broadly, these declarations empowered the federal government to waive or mandate changes within Medicare, Medicaid, as well private insurance plans. With the expiration of these deadlines, private group health and individual health plans are no longer required to cover (free of charge) COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 tests or testing-related services.


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