Medicare recipients to receive free at-home Covid-19 tests

The federal government’s Medicare and Medicaid agency has announced that those who receive Medicare, and those under Medicare Advantage, will be given access to free, at-home coronavirus tests beginning this spring.

Medicare will pay pharmacies and health providers to offer the tests so that beneficiaries can receive up to eight tests per month at no cost and without the need for reimbursement. This new policy comes alongside the announcement from the Biden administration around new guidelines for test reimbursements under private insurance plans, as those on Medicare were previously overlooked or not afforded the same testing opportunities.

Medicare and Medicaid recipients are also eligible for the four free rapid tests distributed through the Postal Service program.

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