A federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced in September that would make Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement contingent on healthcare workers being vaccinated has Sawyer County Ambulance Director Nate Dunston worried about a potential loss of revenue for the county and/or losing emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Healthcare workers around the country are waiting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, the agency that administers the Medicare programs, to provide further elaboration about how the mandate will be implemented. Dunston told the Sawyer County Public Safety Committee on Oct. 7 that CMS was expected to issue a ruling in October, including who can decline the vaccination via an exemption and who cannot.

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