COVID-19 Home Test Kit

Where can I find a test?

  • Visit COVIDtests.gov to order free tests through government services.
  • In-person diagnostic COVID-19 testing sites may include your doctor’s office, a pharmacy or health clinic, or an urgent care center. Use Anthem’s COVID-19 Test Site Finder to find a testing location nearby.
  • At-home diagnostic tests can be purchased over the counter online, at a local pharmacy, or from a big-box store.

How can I be reimbursed for over-the-counter COVID Home Tests? 

From January 15, 2022 until the end of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency, eligible members and dependents can get up to eight over-the-counter tests each month. If you purchase a test kit that includes two tests, that will count as two of your eight covered tests. You can get reimbursed for over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests purchased on or after January 15, 2022. You may have to pay out of pocket at the time of purchase but keep your receipt to submit a claim online. Log in to anthem.com, go to Claims & Payment, and choose Submit a Claim.

Can I visit the emergency room for a test?

As hospitals and emergency departments are overwhelmed, avoid going to the emergency room (ER) if you need to get tested. Only visit the ER or call 911 if you’re experiencing life-threatening symptoms.

Medicare-Eligible Members

As of April 4th, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cover over-the-counter COVID 19 tests for Medicare beneficiaries.  Claims for the tests will be processed and paid directly by CMS. You can get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at any pharmacy or health care provider that participates in this initiative. Check with your pharmacy or health care provider to see if they are participating.  If so, they can provide your tests and will bill Medicare on your behalf. A partial list of participating pharmacies can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus.  You should bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card to get your free tests. 

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Anthem COVID-19 Resource Center

U.S Dept of Health and Human Services

Medicare Covers Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests | CMS

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