Experts say that one of the best ways to help keep COVID-19 at bay in the long term is by frequently testing and making sure that people have easy access to those tests.

At the beginning of 2022, families could register to receive four free COVID-19 tests from the federal government. This relieves some pressure on people who are having trouble finding tests at local stores and pharmacies, and those tests can also be quite pricey.

Then came word that private insurance companies would reimburse the cost of those tests. Now starting this spring, the federal government has said that people on Medicare will get up to eight free tests per month.

Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has the details on what this means for you if you’re enrolled in Medicare.

Do You Need to Sign Up for the Tests?

While the plan is still being developed, it appears that tests will be available at no cost for Medicare recipients at participating pharmacies and other locations that will be identified for pick up.

When Will the Tests Be Available?

Medicare has only said that it will be available in the early spring, so best estimate is in April.

Are Tests Available Before Then?

In addition to the four free tests that any household can receive, Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage and payment for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests as a supplemental benefit in addition to covering Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. It’s recommended that those covered by Medicare Advantage check with their plan to see if this benefit is included.

COVID-19 tests are also available for free at pharmacies, clinics, and other locations set-up by local communities.


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