Over-the-counter Covid-19 tests are quickly selling out at pharmacies all over the country. These tests make it possible to self-administer a Covid-19 test without the risk of exposing others or the need to wait in line at a testing facility.

Update as of April 4, 2022:

Medicare will now cover up to eight free over-the-counter (OTC) Covid-19 tests a month, at NO cost to Medicare Beneficiaries. This will remain in effect until the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends. 

Since Medicare is paying these participating entities directly, you pay nothing at checkout for these over-the-counter tests. However, in order for the tests to be covered, they must be picked up at a pharmacy or facility that participates in this program and you will need to show your red, white, and blue Medicare card (even if you have another card for a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Part D plan).

Additional items that Medicare covers in relation to COVID-19:

Source: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus

You can also visit this link above to find a participating locations near you!

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