Beginning in early spring, those with either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage (MA) will be able to get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for free. The tests will be available through eligible pharmacies and other participating entities, with Medicare beneficiaries being able to get up to eight FDA approved or authorized tests per month.
This announcement is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand access to free testing for Americans. Until this option is available, people with Medicare can access free tests through the following channels:
- Request four free at-home tests that will be delivered to your house through: https://www.covidtests.gov/
- Find a community-based testing site close to you at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html
- Receive a lab-based PCR or antigen test when ordered by an authorized health professional. During the public health emergency, Medicare beneficiaries can also access one lab-performed test without and order and without cost sharing.
For more information, read the full announcement on the CMS website: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/news-alert/biden-harris-administration-will-cover-free-over-counter-covid-19-tests-through-medicare