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COVID-19 and End of Public Health Emergency

You may have heard or read that the federal government has announced that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect due to COVID-19 will end on May 11, 2023.

What does this mean for participants in a WashU Medical Plan?

Effective beginning May 12, 2023, the following changes will apply to all WashU Medical Plan options:

  • Over-the Counter COVID-19 testing kits will no longer be covered.
    • Note: If you contribute to the Health Care Flexible Spending Account or the Health Savings Account, you may use your health debit card or be reimbursed from your account for the purchase of an over-the counter COVID-19 testing kit.
  • COVID-19 testing, treatment and related office visits will be subject to the same copay/coinsurance provisions that apply to other lab tests and office visits.
  • COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters) will be covered at 100% with no copay/coinsurance if received from a network provider. Vaccines received from a non-network provider will not be covered.


If you have questions about what medical services are covered or not covered under your WashU Medical Plan option, please contact UnitedHealthcare at 800-382-2599. For questions about prescription drug coverage, contact Express Scripts at 877-880-1877. For any other benefits questions, contact the Benefits Team at 314-935-2332, option 1 or via email at

This constitutes a Summary of Material Modification (SMM) under ERISA with respect to the Washington University Comprehensive Employee Welfare Benefit Plan.