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  • Yessica Avila

Reimbursed for your COVID test

Starting January 15th, you may be eligible to get reimbursed for your COVID19 test. Adding on, many Americans can bring home Covid-19 tests at no cost through their private insurance. They can obtain the tests from pharmacies, retailers, and online vendors. The program is part of the Biden administration's effort to increase access to testing around the US. It will also distribute free home tests.

Most Americans with private insurance can buy home tests online or in stores and have them paid for at the time of purchase or get reimbursed by submitting a claim to their insurer. So make sure you save your receipts.

How much money will I be reimbursed? Insurers may set up a network of preferred stores, pharmacies, and online retailers where consumers can receive tests at no cost upfront. People could still buy tests outside that network, but insurers would only have to reimburse up to $12 for each one. Consumers should contact their insurers to determine if they provide direct coverage or submit claims.

What If I am not insured? The uninsured can get free home tests from specific community health centers. They can also request tests through the federal program once it becomes available. Also, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing up to 50 million free home tests to community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics for distribution to patients and the community.


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