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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Payment Rate Updates, Authorizing of Additional Individuals to Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations

For immediate release:
3/26/2021
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Payment Rate Updates, Authorizing of Additional Individuals to Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations

Kate Reilly, COVID-19 Command Center Communications Director

Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Payment Rate Updates, Authorizing of Additional Individuals to Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration announced today updated vaccine payment rates to align with newly revised Medicare rates, effective April 1. The Administration also announced an Order of the Commissioner of Public Health authorizing additional individuals to administer vaccine in the Commonwealth.

COVID-19 Vaccine Payment Rates

Effective April 1, the MassHealth rate of payment for vaccine administration will be $45.87, to align with the newly revised Medicare rates for the Boston region. The Biden-Harris Administration announced updates to the Medicare rate structure on March 15th. Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to set Medicaid rates higher than Medicare for the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure payment would not be a barrier to vaccination. The newly released federal rates are nearly identical to the rates previously established in Massachusetts to better support broad-scale vaccination efforts.

In accordance with the Division of Insurance bulletin, commercial insurers must pay at least the MassHealth rate, if not more, for COVID-19 vaccines. 

By aligning with the federal rate and adopting the flat per-shot rate structure, all payers will pay a total of $91.74 for the two-shot Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, and $45.87 for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Additional Authorized Vaccinators

To increase vaccine accessibility across a wide range of providers, on March 25, 2021, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health issued an Order to allow additional certain individuals to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the Commonwealth. These certain individuals include:

  • Podiatrists licensed pursuant to G.L. c. 112, § 16;
  • Phlebotomists, which means persons whose responsibilities include, but are not limited to, collecting blood samples from patients under the supervision of a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant licensed in Massachusetts, separating blood into different test tubes in order for it to be used in medical tests, accurately labeling said tubes and ensuring correct samples are sent to the laboratory;
  • Medical assistants who otherwise do not meet the requirements to administer vaccine pursuant to G.L. c. 112, § 265 and DPH guidance; and
  • Designated Massachusetts Military Division vaccinators, which means military personnel who are certified by the United States Army as Combat Lifesavers.

This COVID-19 Vaccinators chart lists the different groups of individuals who can possess and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Payment Rate Updates, Authorizing of Additional Individuals to Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and the Baker-Polito Administration are committed to serving the people of Massachusetts and making the Commonwealth a great place to live, work and raise a family.
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