COVID-19 relief money running low; providers forced to pay for uninsured treatments

CHARLOTTE — COVID-19 funding is running out, and local providers are digging into their own pockets to pay for people who are uninsured to get tests or treatments.

This comes as the Food and Drug Administration authorized a second round of booster shots for people over 50 years old.

The CDC is not expected to officially recommend a second booster shot, but instead recommends shots to those who want them.

Vaccines, tests and antibody treatments have all been offered for free to make sure everyone has access.

Now the program that reimbursed companies for testing or treating uninsured patients has run out of money.

>> In the video at the top of this webpage, reporter DaShawn Brown speaks with StarMed about how they are able to move forward.

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