Biden Administration Mailing Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The White House announced that people can start ordering the tests on Jan. 19.
January 18, 2022 at 7:33 pm
President Joe Biden's administration is providing families free at-home COVID-19 tests and will be mailing them directly to their homes, according to Complex.
“The program is intended to really ensure that people have at-home rapid tests available in the weeks ahead,” a senior administration official said, according to Complex. “And as we have said, this is just one more program on top of a number of programs that we have been putting in place.”
In addition to the four free at-home COVID-19 tests offered to each household, Americans who have private insurance can also buy at-home tests with an option to be reimbursed, CNBC reports. Private holders can be compensated up to $12 per test after making a claim with their carrier and showing proof of purchase. Buyers won't have to pay a deductible for the tests, and reimbursement claims are only for tests acquired after Jan. 15.
A preferred list of pharmacies and retail stores have been specifically designed for private holders to get the tests.
The White House announced that people can start ordering the tests on Jan. 19 at COVIDTests.gov.
Amid the criticism he received for his COVID-19 relief efforts, Biden said he would provide 500 million at-home tests. On Thursday, his administration hiked up the order to 1 billion.
“If you’re going to a gathering where people are immunocompromised or where they’re elderly or where you have people who might be unvaccinated or poorly protected from a vaccine, that might be an opportunity you want to test,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, according to CNBC.
The tests will ship within seven to 12 days, according to the website, and will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service.