Insurers to cover costs for at-home COVID tests starting Saturday




  • In Politics
  • 2022-01-10 22:14:00Z
  • By Axios
 

Health insurers will be required to cover costs for over-the-counter, at-home COVID tests starting this Saturday, the Health and Human Services Department announced Monday.

Why it matters: Under President Biden's strategy to expand access to free COVID testing, insurers will either cover costs upfront or reimburse people after they submit claims.

Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.

  • But it's unclear how the rollout will help the more immediate problem: millions are struggling to access tests due to a supply shortage.

How it works: Insurance companies will be required to cover eight tests per covered person per month, starting after Jan. 15. People will not need a doctor's order.

  • That means a family of four on the same plan would be able to access up to 32 tests per month for free.

  • There is no limit on the number of tests covered if they are ordered by a health care provider after a clinical assessment. This includes people who may need the tests due to underlying medical conditions.

Worth noting: Because people often have to wait an indefinite amount of time to get reimbursed, the Biden administration is pushing insurers and employers to set up programs that would give people direct access to tests with no out-of-pocket costs through pharmacies and retailers.

  • If an individual who has direct access through such programs purchases a test outside the network, insurers must reimburse them up to $12 per test.

Be smart: This does not include people on traditional Medicare or the uninsured.

  • But it does include Medicaid, and people with Medicare Advantage could also qualify depending on their plan.

  • The Biden administration is also providing up to 50 million free at-home tests to community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics for distribution.

COMMENTS

More Related News

SNAP 2022: What You Need To Know in May
SNAP 2022: What You Need To Know in May

May is shaping up to be a pivotal month for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps more than 41 million people avoid food...

Hillicon Valley - Biden-Bezos brawl heats up on Twitter
Hillicon Valley - Biden-Bezos brawl heats up on Twitter

President Biden and billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have been trading barbs on Twitter, escalating their feud as the president shows support for Amazon...

Energy & Environment - Why gasoline prices keep rising
Energy & Environment - Why gasoline prices keep rising

The price of gasoline continues to swell, and a trade group says that uncertainty is hampering the deployment of clean energy. This is Overnight Energy...

OnPolitics: POTUS says
OnPolitics: POTUS says 'hate will not prevail' after Buffalo shooting

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met with family members of 10 victims killed Saturday in a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.

Joe Biden condemns spreaders of white supremacist lies after Buffalo shooting
Joe Biden condemns spreaders of white supremacist lies after Buffalo shooting

President attacks those who promote racist conspiracy theory 'for power, political gain and for profit' but says 'Evil will not win … Hate will not prevail' ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics