December 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Expanded information about COVID-19 vaccine administration billing and reimbursement is now available from UnitedHealthcare. We’ve also created a self-paced online course with step-by-step instructions, and we’ve updated our UnitedHealthcare COVID-19 Billing Guide to provide additional guidance to health care professionals. 

Click here for more information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use.

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Last update: January 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CT

Select Prior Authorization Suspensions in Effect Nationally Dec. 18, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021

UnitedHealthcare is temporarily suspending select prior authorization requirements for in-network hospitals and in-network Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) nationwide, effective Dec. 18, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021. 

During the COVID-19 national public health emergency, we’re working to provide resources and streamline processes so that you can focus on delivering care. This site outlines updates specific to COVID-19 as well as information on any changes to our standard business protocols. For easy access, here are the most frequently requested topics: 

Telehealth Services

Updated 1/11/2021 – 9:30 a.m. CT

Expanded policies around telehealth services make it easier for patients to connect with their health care provider.

Testing, Treatment, Vaccines, Coding & Reimbursement

Updated 1/11/2021 – 9:30 a.m. CT

Information to help you with billing for COVID-19 services and to understand reimbursement levels.

Prior Authorization & Ongoing Patient Care

Updated 1/8/2021 – 10:50 a.m. CT

Updates to UnitedHealthcare policies and processes that will help reduce administrative burdens and help patients access care.

Credentialing & Contracting

Updated 12/29/2020 – 11:55 p.m CT

Interim processes will help care providers go through the credentialing and contracting process quickly.

Practice Administration

Updated 12/21/2020 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Administrative updates related to the COVID-19 national public health emergency and information on self-service tools.

Member Coverage

We’re expanding access to care, support and resources to help our members navigate through this unprecedented time. 


The benefits and processes described on this website apply pursuant to federal requirements and UnitedHealthcare national policy during the national public health emergency period. Additional benefits or limitations may apply in some states and under some plans during this time.

We will adjudicate benefits in accordance with the member’s health plan.

Medicaid Providers: UnitedHealthcare will reimburse out-of-network providers for COVID-19 testing-related visits and COVID-19 related treatment or services according to the rates outlined in the Medicaid Fee Schedule.


Care providers can connect to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for health professionals, as well as travel advisories from the U.S. State Department. We’ll continue to add more resources when available.

We’re listening.

We’re committed to keeping you up to date on COVID-19 – we’re monitoring your inquiries and working hard to answer your questions. Let us know how we’re doing.

We’ll be making daily updates to this site. Be sure to check back often for the latest information.