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As news of a new COVID-19 variant has spread in recent weeks, many Americans have questions about the next round of vaccine boosters to protect against the disease. Those questions include whether insurance will cover the cost of new booster shots.

The answer is: probably. There are some exceptions—insurers don’t have to cover out-of-network costs for vaccination, for example. And related procedures such as testing for COVID may be subject to cost-sharing under some plans. But in general, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires coverage of preventive vaccines.

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