How to get free COVID testing at home

The federal government on Tuesday launched a website that allows all U.S. households to order free COVID-19 home tests.

The site was originally scheduled to go live on Wednesday, January 19, but was launched a day before 6 p.m. covidtests.gov.

“Every home in the United States is now eligible to order 4 free home, fast COVID-19 tests,” California Public Health tweeted Tuesday. “Being tested along with vaccinations and masking helps us reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 and its variants.”

There is a limit of four tests per. household and shipping within 7-12 business days.

The free home tests are an alternative to already free COVID-19 test sites around LA County and do not affect the possibility of being reimbursed by over-the-counter test insurances.

From January 15, “most health schemes” will cover the reimbursement of over-the-counter covid-19 tests, up to $ 12 per. test.

With a receipt for the purchase, a claim can be filed with your insurance provider, although some dealers may cover the cost in advance. Up to eight samples can be reimbursed per month.

“The Biden-Harris administration strongly encourages plans to offer over-the-counter covid-19 testing at home through preferred pharmacies, retailers and online and mail order programs at no cost to you,” the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website ( CMS). “Consumers can find out from their plan whether it provides such direct coverage of over-the-counter covid-19 testing. You do not have to seek reimbursement later for testing received through such a program.”

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