Important changes following the end of the federal public health emergency declaration for COVID-19

The COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ended on May 11. This declaration allowed the government to respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing financial barriers related to care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the impacts from the end of the declaration include: 

  • Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines will remain available. Once the federal supply of vaccines is depleted, vaccines will continue to be available and free for most people with private and public insurance. Learn more >
  • Tests: At-home and PCR tests will remain available but costs may vary. Insurance providers will no longer be required to waive costs or provide free COVID-19 tests. Free tests may be available at local clinics or community health centers. 
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  • Treatment: Medication to treat COVID-19 will remain free while federal supplies last. 

The Kansas City Region COVID-19 Data Hub is no longer being updated as a result of the end of the declaration. The hub launched in March 2020 to display data related to the pandemic in the region. National, state and local public health agencies will continue to monitor COVID, and data will still be posted on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

Due to these changes, PrepareMetroKC consolidated all its COVID-19 content onto a single page, located at Additional updates and news will be available there.

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