In a statement submitted Thursday to the Congressional Record, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Bob Casey outlined the Committee’s oversight work that led UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest commercial health insurer, to reprocess 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccine claims at a cost of $23.9 million. UnitedHealth paid providers who had been reimbursed below market rate an additional $14.55 per vaccine claim, following Senator Casey’s inquiry. Senator Casey also released documents from his correspondence with UnitedHealth, which can be found here. Most major insurers reportedly adopted a rate of $40 per vaccine administered shortly after guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in March. UnitedHealth did not update its rates until July 1, 2021.
Senator Casey’s full statement for the record can be found here.
Senator Casey’s previous letter to UnitedHealth can be found here.