Act fast to get your free COVID-19 tests; the government program will end on September 2
By Mike Murphy
Time is running out for Americans to get their batch of free COVID-19 tests from the government.
The program is expected to be suspended on Sept. 2 — or sooner, if supplies run out — because Congress has not provided additional funding to replenish the government’s stockpile, according to a post on the COVID test website.
Earlier this summer, the Biden administration announced plans to phase out the program and shift the cost of COVID testing to health insurers. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the Department of Health and Human Services had scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to discuss the transition and next steps.
Every US household is entitled to eight free rapid antigen tests per order, for a total of 16 free tests. The program began in January, offering four tests per household, then expanded into March and May.
Anyone who hasn’t used their batch can still order them in the coming days by registering online at https://special.usps.com/testkits, or by calling 1-800-232-0233. Testing is free and there are no shipping costs.
If you are not sure if you have reached your quota, you can complete the online order form; if you are no longer eligible, a message will indicate that you have reached the current limit.
People with health insurance can also get up to eight free tests per person per month, either for free through their health plan or through reimbursement.
(END) Dow Jones Newswire
08-28-22 1900 ET
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