People with Medicare Beneficiaries or Health Plan will be eligible for free COVID-19 evaluations starting in early spring as a component of the Biden-Harris Government’s continued efforts to improve Americans’ access to free testing. Medicare people will be required to have up to eight free COVID-19 tests every month as part of the new effort, reports CMS.Gov.
Qualified pharmacies and other collaborating entities will be allowed to provide tests. The COVID-19 over-the-counter tests that have been approved or authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration will be covered by this policy (FDA).
That’s the first time Medicare has paid for a non-prescription test. Several factors have made it hard to accept and pay for COVID-19 testing over the counter. CMS has selected a strategy that will tool for exploring inexpensive over-the-counter tests for Medicare members, given the necessity of improving access to testing.
This new program will allow Medicare to pay participating pharmacists and other cooperating companies directly for Medicare beneficiaries to receive free tests. Medicare beneficiaries should be able to use this option in the early spring, according to the CMS.
Until then, Medicare beneficiaries can get considered diagnostic through a variety of routes set up by the Biden-Harris administering. Beneficiaries of Medicare can do the following.
At covidtests.gov, you can receive four over-the-counter exams to be sent to your home. COVID-19 tests are available through healthcare practitioners at over 20,000 free services locations around the country. When the test is requested by a pharmacist, non-physician practitioner, physician, or other approved health care provider, you can get free lab-based PCR tests and antigen tests. During the public health crisis, people with Medicaid can already receive one chemical test without order and cost-sharing, in addition to COVID-19 testing ordered by a medical provider.
Additional Services Offered
In addition to extending Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, Prescription Drug coverage may provide coverage and reimbursement for over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostics as an additional benefit, therefore Medicare Advantage beneficiaries must check with their program to see if it does. Whether or not they are registered in a Medicare Advantage plan, all Medicare Part B users are qualified for the new benefit.