End of Public Health Emergency

This page will be updated as information changes or becomes available. Last updated: October 9, 2023.

What is the Public Health Emergency?

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, emergency declarations were put in place by the federal government. This allowed for more flexibility to waive or modify certain requirements in a range of areas, including medical coverage, cost for COVID-19 services, Emergency Use Authorizations, and more. 

When is the Public Health Emergency Ending?

The Biden administration has announced its intent to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations on May 11, 2023.

What Does the End of the Public Health Emergency Mean for Me?

Throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 services including testing, vaccination, and treatment were largely free and easily accessible. Depending on your health insurance coverage, these services may have a cost associated with them and some of your preferred locations may no longer offer services once the Public Health Emergency ends. Contact your health insurance provider and preferred location for more information. If you are currently uninsured, you are highly encouraged to sign up for Medicaid if you are income eligible, or sign up for Connect for Health Colorado to maintain health insurance.


Insurance TypeCOVID-19 Vaccine*COVID-19 TestingCOVID-19 Treatment

At home tests: out-of pocket

Provider ordered tests: may have cost-sharing

Covered by Plan D with cost-sharing
MedicaidFreeFree at-home tests until September 2024Free treatments until September, 2024
Private InsuranceDepends on plan, contact your insurerCost-sharing, contact your insurerCost-sharing, contact insurer
UninsuredFree through the Bridge Access ProgramFree tests available through ICATT programOut-of-pocket

If you are uninsured, you are encouraged to sign up for Medicaid, CHP+, or Connect for Health Colorado. Find more information below.


Access to COVID-19 services may be decreasing, depending on your insurer and your preferred provider. Contact your insurer and preferred provider for specific information. Here is general information about access to COVID-19 services:

  • CDPHE’s mobile vaccination bus will be decommissioned when the Public Health Emergency ends.
  • Most COVID-19 testing will be done at the traditional health care system, or with at-home tests for a cost.
  • Test-to-treat locations will continue to offer COVID-19 testing and treatment, however the cost for these services will no longer be covered by federal funds. Contact your health insurance provider or test-to-treat location for information about out-of-pocket costs.

Is COVID-19 Still a Threat?

The landscape of COVID-19 has changed drastically over the last three years. With highly effective prevention measures, vaccines, and treatment, the threat of COVID-19 is significantly lower than it was. However, some people may still be at higher risk and may need to continue to take precautions. Talk to your health care provider or visit the CDC’s website for more information.

Where Can I Learn More?

Medicaid and CHP+ Information and Resources

COVID-19 Prevention, Guidance, and Data

Information on the End of the Public Health Emergency