Medicare & Coronavirus

Coverage changes for COVID-19

The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 ended on May 11, 2023.

  • Medicare continues to cover vaccines without cost sharing.
  • You might have cost sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
  • Telehealth services continue through December 31, 2024.

Keep reading to learn more about these changes.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

  • Medicare covers the updated COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you. Medicare covers the vaccine for anyone who has Medicare.
    • The updated 2023–2024 Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine is available for people 5 and older.
    • Note: Some adults 18 years and older who have completed their primary vaccine series have the option to get a Novavax vaccine instead of the updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines at
  • If you:
    • Recently had COVID-19: The CDC recommends you wait at least 3 months before you get the updated COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Are moderately to severely immunocompromised (like people who have had an organ transplant and are at risk for infections and other diseases) and got 1 shot of the updated vaccine at least 2 months ago: Check to find your vaccination schedule.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Get details about the vaccine.
  • If you have Medicare and have a disability or face other challenges in getting to a location away from home for a vaccination, Medicare will pay a doctor or other care provider to give you the COVID-19 vaccine in your home. You might need to give them your Medicare number for billing, but there’s still no cost to you for the vaccine and its administration. Get details about the vaccine at home.

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Medicare wants to help protect you from COVID-19:

Medicare covers items & services related to COVID-19

  • FDA-authorized and FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. You pay nothing out-of-pocket.
  • Lab tests for COVID-19. Part B covers COVID-19 diagnostic tests without cost sharing when ordered by a health care provider and done by a laboratory. Some Medicare Advantage Plans might require you to pay part of the cost.
  • Oral antivirals. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms, but are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, you may be eligible for oral antiviral treatment. Medicare Part D covers oral antiviral treatment. Your plan's deductible, copayment, and coinsurance rules apply.
  • FDA-authorized COVID-19 antibody (or “serology”) tests if you were diagnosed with a known current or known prior COVID-19 infection or suspected current or suspected past COVID-19 infection.
  • Monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19.
  • All medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine. You’ll still pay for any hospital deductibles, copays, or coinsurance that apply.
  • Expanded telehealth services through December 31, 2024.

    Military hospital ships and temporary military hospitals don’t charge Medicare or civilians for care. If you aren't sure whether the hospital will charge you, ask them.

  • If you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you might have access to these same benefits. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.

If you paid to get a COVID-19 vaccine

When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, your provider can’t charge you for an office visit or other fee if the vaccine is the only medical service you get. If you get other medical services at the same time you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may owe a copayment or deductible for those services.

If you paid a fee or got a bill for a COVID-19 vaccine, check this list to see if your provider should have charged you:

  • Check the receipts and statements you get from your provider for any mistakes.
  • Call your provider’s office to ask about any charges you think are incorrect. The person you speak to may help you better understand the services you got, or realize the office made a billing error.
  • If you have Original Medicare, review your “Medicare Summary Notice” for errors. Report anything suspicious to Medicare by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
  • If you have other coverage like a Medicare Advantage Plan, review your “Explanation of Benefits.” Report anything suspicious to your insurer.

If you think your provider incorrectly charged you for the COVID-19 vaccine, ask them for a refund. If you think your provider charged you for an office visit or other fee, but the only service you got was a COVID-19 vaccine, report them to the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS or visiting

Be alert for scammers trying to steal your Medicare number

Only share your Medicare number with your provider when you get COVID-related services.

As always, guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check Medicare claims summary forms for errors. If someone you don't know calls asking for your Medicare number, hang up.

How to stay up to date

  • has the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19.