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Summer 2022  Volume 15, Number 2        

Medicare Now Covers Up to Eight At-Home Covid Tests

Starting in April, anyone with Medicare Part B, including people enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, gained access to free COVID-19 at-home tests. Coverage will apply until the end of the public health emergency.

If you present symptoms, getting tested for the COVID-19 virus is essential. It’s the only way to determine if you do have the virus so you can seek the right treatment. You’ll also know if you must isolate yourself to avoid passing on the virus to others.

At the beginning of the year, the Biden administration implemented a plan whereby most health insurers had to provide coverage for eight at-home tests every month per person. However, this did not cover anyone with Medicare because the Medicare Part B system is only set up to provide coverage for testing conducted by healthcare providers.

Furthermore, although Medicare Advantage providers were allowed to institute this rule voluntarily, most chose not to do so. Now all those with Medicare part B, including Medicare advantage, can get eight free COVID-19 tests per month starting in April.

These tests will be available from various pharmacies and healthcare providers. Many of these facilities will be listed on the Medicare website. However, check with your local healthcare provider or pharmacy as they may be participating but not on the list.

It’s important to note that if you already have access to these tests as a supplemental benefit of your Medicare Advantage plan, the eight tests are separate and can be obtained in addition to the supplement.

You can also get additional free tests by ordering them through the mail at Covid.gov/tests. Free testing will also continue to be available at over 20,000 testing sites across the country.

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