Why We Can’t Rely on Health Insurance Alone to Guarantee Universal Immunization Against COVID-19

By Sara Rosenbaum, Sabrina Corlette, and Alexander Somodevilla

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that most health insurers and employer health plans cover certain preventive services without cost-sharing, including vaccines recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This requirement has been of enormous importance to families given the high cost of fully immunizing children against vaccine-preventable disease, but health insurance alone is not sufficient for the extraordinary demands on the public health system imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new post for the Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point blog, CHIR’s Sabrina Corlette joins George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum and Alexander Somodevilla to assess whether our current system of covering and paying for vaccines will be adequate to achieve population-wide immunity against COVID-19. The full post is available here.

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