WASHINGTON, DC – COVID-19 cases and hospital patients continue to impact health systems across the country. However, government officials are expected to make big changes this week, especially with home testing.
Last week, Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response team coordinator, said that from this week insurers will start reimbursing people for home tests.
“These tests will be reimbursed by commercial insurance,” Zients said.
No official guidance has been issued on the process.
Prices for home tests vary. Usually, they are between $ 14 and $ 25. However, the price has risen nationwide in the last few days after various agreements with the federal government expired.
If a pharmacy or store doesn’t work with an insurance company to make the test free up front, that will likely mean the consumer will have to pay for it themselves first.
Consumers will likely have to go online and submit a claim for reimbursement.
This process for some insurance companies takes 10 minutes with the money being refunded in 10 to 15 days, although this time may vary.
NEW GOVERNMENT WEBSITE
Regarding the setting up of the government website so that people can request free home tests, there is also some important news expected this week.
According to the Washington Post, the federal government is finalizing an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to guarantee enough staff to perform the tests.
The federal government has ordered 500 million tests.
The public procurement period for the initiative has ended, which means testing will start arriving at government facilities this week.
According to health officials, production of tests has increased across the country. In September, the United States was producing about 50 million tests per month. This month, authorities expect the country to earn $ 200 million.