The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared, under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, will expire at the end of the day on May 11.

Requirements to cover COVID-19 over-the-counter tests without cost sharing will end; however, the university will continue to cover COVID-19 test kits without cost to faculty and staff participating in a Benelect plan. Coverage will include a maximum of four tests per month, with no more than three tests purchased within a 48-hour (two-day) period.

COVID-19 vaccines also will continue to be offered at a $0 cost share. Please keep in mind, as always, vaccines received from an out-of-network provider are subject to out-of-network charges, i.e. members with no out-of-network coverage will be responsible for the full cost of the service.

Treatment for COVID-19 will be covered as medically necessary and subject to member cost sharing. COVID-19 oral antivirals, including Paxlovid, purchased by the federal government, will remain free to everyone until the national supply runs out.