U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., joined U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., Tuesday to push congressional leadership to pass their bipartisan Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally (SAVE) for Seniors Act to make sure seniors on traditional Medicare have access to a future COVID-19 vaccine without cost-sharing.
The representatives said the SAVE for Seniors Act would clarify that Medicare must cover – without cost-sharing – a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, just as it would do for one licensed under the Public Health Service Act. By closing this loophole, the legislation ensures that seniors are not the only group who must pay out-of-pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly all private insurers have committed to covering a COVID-19 vaccination for free, and Medicaid is required to do so at no cost.
Johnson and Spanberger introduced the SAVE for Seniors Act in October 2020. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich.