Private health insurance companies will be required to cover cost of COVID-19 tests

Private health insurance companies will be required to cover cost of COVID-19 tests

(AP) — Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change yesterday as it looks to lower costs and make COVID testing more convenient. Under the new policy, first detailed to the AP, 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.

Photo: A resident displays an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)