(WSYR-TV) — Whether you have tried your local drug store or waited in a distribution line in your town, you know at-home COVID-19 tests have been hard to come by.
President Joe Biden has a plan to get more to you for free.
“We’re on track, we’re on track to roll out a website next week where you can order free tests shipped to your home. And in addition to the 500 million – half a billion tests that are in the process of being acquired to ship to you, homes for free. Today, I’m directing my team to procure an additional half a billion – an additional 500 million more tests to distribute for free. I mean a billion tests in total to meet future demand. And we’ll continue to work with the retailers – and online retailers to increase availability.”President Joe Biden
“We’re on track, we’re on track to roll out a website next week where you can order free tests shipped to your home,” said President Biden. And in addition to the 500 million, half a billion tests that are in the process of being acquired to ship to you, homes for free.”
This week the Biden Administration announced, beginning Saturday, January 15th, if you get an FDA-approved over-the-counter COVID-19 test, it will either be free of charge, or you’ll be able to get reimbursed through your health insurance. Be sure to keep your receipt if you have to submit a claim.
Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month.
The Biden Administration also incentivizes insurers to allow people to get tests directly at preferred pharmacies and retailers.
If you purchase a test out of that network, they are still required to reimburse tests at a rate of up to $12 per individual test.
If you have state Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), they are currently required to cover FDA-authorized at-home COVID-19 tests without cost-sharing.
If you need to be reimbursed, health plans are required prompt reimbursements. You can reach out to yours directly to find out more about the process and timeline.
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