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The omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread rapidly across the United States. In response to the surge, President Joe Biden announced that health insurance companies will be required to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 test kit.
Using an at-home test kit? What you should know about taking an at-home COVID-19 test
These test kits are primarily made up of antigen tests, which are rapid COVID-19 tests that can deliver a result in the range of 15 to 30 minutes. While these antigen tests are not the PCR tests you may have taken at an urgent care facility or mobile testing site, health officials say they are good at determining if you have been infected with COVID-19, especially if you have been showing symptoms of the virus.
There are several at-home testing kits to choose from.
Private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. Under the new policy, Americans can either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit. A family of four, for instance, could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month.
Please note that some kits may be out of stock online, but they may be available at your local pharmacy. You can check if the product is available in-store online or by contacting your local pharmacy.
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