President Biden will announce Thursday that health insurers must cover the full cost of in-home COVID-19 tests as part of a series of new actions to battle the coronavirus this winter.
“The President will announce that health insurers must cover 100 percent of the cost of at-home tests purchased by their members,” a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday. “Private health insurers already cover the PCR tests people get at their doctor’s offices. With this action, they will cover at-home tests as well.”
The official said that nearly 150 million Americans with private health insurance will be able to be reimbursed for the cost of at-home virus tests. The administration will also distribute 50 million at-home tests to community sites like health centers and rural clinics so that they are made available to hard-to-reach communities.
“The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury will issue guidance by January 15th to clarify that individuals who purchase OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests will be able to seek reimbursement from their group health plan or health insurance issuer and have insurance cover the cost during the public health emergency,” a fact sheet provided by the White House says.