As part of the overall strategy to make COVID tests available for millions of Americans, private health insurers will have to provide up eight at-home COVID tests per month per person starting Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Likewise, the Biden administration expects to make 500 million tests available for Americans in the next two weeks.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued a press release on Monday. It said that “Under President Biden’s leadership, we are requiring insurers and group health plans to make tests free for millions of Americans. This is all part of our overall strategy to ramp-up access to easy-to-use, at-home tests at no cost.”
“Insurers and plans would cover the costs upfront, eliminating the need for consumers to submit a claim for reimbursement,” according to the Press Release published on the official site of the HHS.
Moreover, a health care provider’s order or individualized clinical assessment or any other medical management requirements will not be necessary to access the tests for free.
However, there is still a shortage of at-home tests throughout the country, so this needs to be solved first to implement the testing plan.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, Jan. 10—when asked about the manufacturing capability of rapid tests— they expect to have the contracts awarded in the next two weeks and are working so that the at-home COVID tests can be available and delivered in a timely manner.
The Biden administration had promised to purchase 500 million tests that Americans can expect to be “able to order these tests online later this month.” Details about the website will be known later this week, Psaki added.