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DHS Extends Enhanced Rate For COVID-19 Shots In Bid To Encourage More Vaccinations

Arkansas Medicaid providers will be paid a higher rate for administering first- and second-round doses of the COVID-19 vaccines through the end of the year as part of a continuing effort to raise the vaccination rate across the state, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today.

Under this program, Medicaid will pay $100 rather than the usual $40 vaccine administration rate for each first- or second-round dose of COVID-19 vaccines. That means providers who administer both the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be paid $200 ($100 for each dose), an increase of $120 from the normal rate.

The enhanced rate is part of the Arkansas Medicaid Vaccination Program, or MVP, a campaign created in response to low vaccination rates among the state’s Medicaid population. To date, only about 33 percent of eligible Medicaid clients have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

See the full article from the Arkansas Department of Human Services here.