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End of COVID-19 emergency: What's next?

End of COVID-19 emergency: What’s next?

The COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the federal government will come to an end on May 11, 2023. Decisions and policies that were introduced during the pandemic will undergo changes, but Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to providing excellent care quality for COVID-19 will remain unchanged.

Changes Post-May 11

Care and Coverage

Under the federal public health emergency, COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and several treatments (including Paxlovid) are provided at no cost to most individuals.

  • Kaiser Permanente plan’s members can continue to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at no additional charges after the public health emergency ends. Preventive services are mostly covered by most plans.
  • COVID-19 testing and treatment coverage and cost-sharing may alter for some members by May 11, depending on the plans and states they reside in. Further details can be found on KP.org.
  • There will be no immediate changes in COVID-19 care or coverage for Medicaid members.

Face Masks

Starting April 3, 2023, Kaiser Permanente won’t require visitors to wear masks that cover their nose, mouth, and chin as they enter healthcare facilities, unless requested by local laws. If masks are mandatory in a specific facility or location, the staff will make it known by posting signs indoors and outdoors and notifying visitors. Kaiser Permanente facilities may consider returning to mask requirements based on new updates from local laws or advice from the infection prevention team.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Although the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 is concluding, it will still be a lingering threat in the community. The virus is still responsible for thousands of infections and hundreds of fatalities every day in the United States. People are advised to stay home and isolate themselves from others if they are sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the latest information and guidance on isolation.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent severe illness and hospitalization caused by COVID-19, flu, and other illnesses. For individuals seeking the updated COVID-19 booster for themselves or their family members, now may be the ideal time to get it. For the latest details on COVID-19 immunizations and how to book an appointment in your area, visit kp.org/covidvaccine.

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