Free COVID-19 home tests are now available for Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma Insurance Department officials want Oklahoma citizens to know that at home, over-the-counter covid-19 tests are now available free of charge to those who have a health insurance plan.

According to the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance must cover covid-19 tests over-the-counter from today, Saturday, January 15th.

New guidelines say the tests must either be free or reimbursed by the insurance company.

FILE – Youngstown City Health Department employee Faith Terreri grabs two COVID-19 test kits at home to be handed out during a December 30, 2021 distribution event in Youngstown, Ohio. From Saturday, private health insurance companies will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests a month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more conveniently in the midst of rising frustrations. (AP Photo / David Dermer, File)

“Like the rest of the nation, Oklahoma is facing a new rise with the omicron variant. Continued testing is essential to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the health and safety of our society,” said Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready. “I urge Oklahomans to take advantage of home tests and available local test sites to help keep people safe with early detection.”

OID officials advise Oklahomans to keep their receipt and file a claim with their insurance company for a refund if they purchase a covid test over-the-counter from a pharmacy, store or online retailer and are charged.

“If your plan has not set up a network of favorite stores, pharmacies and online retailers where you can get a test at no cost, consumers will be reimbursed the amount of the price of the test,” an OID news release states.

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