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COVID-19 vaccine covered by federal government, some wrongfully charged

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (WSIL) -- Citizens wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine should not pay an out-of-pocket fee.

According to a report out of Chicago, people are getting their insurance billed for the shot.

The charge is a few hundred dollars.

The federal government wants to track the cases of patients who are wrongfully charged.

Officials said it's possible billing offices could be making genuine errors.

The Jackson County Health Department Administrator Bart Hagston said: "If they have issues relating to getting an out-of-pocket fee charge, they could talk to their medical provider. They could speak with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Somebody that has some ability to check into the manner and give them some assistance in what was done was appropriate," said Hagston.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said do not pay if you get a bill for your vaccine, instead, medical providers want policyholders to report them.

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Denise Turner

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