As a difficult cold and flu season continues across the country, the Biden administration announced it will revive a program providing free at-home COVID-19 tests delivered through the US Postal Service.
Due to limited funding and a depleted national stockpile, tests will be limited to a one-time order of four tests per household with shipping starting Dec. 19. This is part of a larger Winter Preparedness Plan by the Biden administration designed to combat rising rates of COVID-19. It includes expanded free testing options, as well as continued access to free treatments like Paxlovid and free vaccine clinics in communities throughout the US
How to Get 4 More Free COVID Tests
The free over-the-counter rapid antigen tests the government is offering deliver results in 30 minutes. PCR tests aren’t available. Tests ship within seven to 12 days, according to covid.gov/testsstarting on Dec. 19, 2022.
Signing up for your free tests is incredibly simple. All you need to do is go to covid.gov/tests and provide your name and address, plus an email address if you want shipping notifications. And that’s it.
The US Postal Service will deliver the tests. You can order four free tests for each residential address, no matter how many people live there.
What About the 8 Free Tests Insurers Have to Provide?
Health insurance companies are still required to pay for eight home tests per month for each person covered by the plan. Depending on your health insurance, you may need to pay out of pocket for the tests and submit a receipt for reimbursement.
You can access free tests for your household using the federal government’s website regardless of whether you have health insurance. The website doesn’t ask for insurance information, and no upfront payment is required.
What if I Can’t Wait for My Test?
If you can’t wait a week or two for your free tests and you have private insurance, you can pay for a home test and then get reimbursed for any…