Free COVID-19 tests are still available from the US government – Here’s how to get yours

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It’s much easier to find a rapid COVID test on pharmacy shelves now than it was in early 2022. However, the US government still has free COVID tests available to US residents – and, if you don’t already asked one, it’s easy to do.

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Go to covid.gov/tests and click on “Order Free Home Tests”. Each household is eligible to receive 2 sets of 4 tests, in total. If you have already ordered your first set, you can order a second one now. It will be shipped to your home via the US Postal Service.

If you have already claimed your eight tests from the government, you may still be eligible to receive free over-the-counter tests at home through your health insurance provider. If your health plan offers direct coverage from a preferred provider network, according to CMS.gov, you should be able to get a free test by showing your insurance card to the pharmacist or retailer. If you shop outside of the preferred network, you may need to submit a receipt for reimbursement.

Some plans will require you to submit your receipt for reimbursement even if you are shopping within the preferred network. Depending on your plan, you may be reimbursed for the full price of the test. If you shop outside the network, your provider is required to reimburse up to $12 per test – or the price of the test, if it’s less than $12.

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If you’ve already claimed your free tests from the government and don’t have medical coverage, you can find free home tests at some community health centers and Medicare-certified clinics.

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