Private health insurers across the US will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans starting this Saturday, the 15th of January, 2021.
The move came from the Biden administration, which is aiming up at ramping up testing rates with lower costs for at-home test kits and promoting the sheer convenience of them amidst rising testing crowds.
Under this new policy dictated to insurers, Americans will be able to 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. PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.
The move has come after widespread criticism over the holiday season for a shortage of at-home rapid tests as Americans traveled to see family amid the surge in cases from the more transmissible omicron variant. Now the administration is working to make COVID-19 home tests more accessible, both by increasing supply and bringing down costs.
Apart from these plans, sometime later in January, the administration will also launch a website to begin making 500 million at-home COVID-19 tests available via mail.