Starting Saturday (16/1) private insurance companies are required to pay for the cost of COVID-19 tests carried out privately at home for their consumers. The number of tests that can be covered by the insurance reaches eight tests per person in one month.
President Joe Biden’s administration made the announcement on Monday (10/1) as it seeks to lower costs and make testing for COVID-19 more accessible amid growing citizen frustration.
Under this new policy, Americans can get a free personal test package or submit a receipt for their purchase to be reimbursed at a later date by the insurance company.
A family of four, for example, can undergo up to 32 COVID-19 tests per month which will be covered by insurance.
President Biden had previously come under heavy criticism last holiday season when the number of test kits available at the time was insufficient to accommodate a surge in demand from Americans who needed them as they traveled to see their families.
Currently, the government is trying to make personal COVID-19 tests more accessible and is also working to increase the number of test kits available while lowering the price of these test kits. [jm/em/rs]