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Gov. Evers: Insurers to cover cost of COVID-19 at-home tests, free option also available to uninsured

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Reporting At-Home COVID Tests

WISCONSIN (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance announced Thursday that all health plans will be required to cover the cost of over the country, at-home COVID-19 tests for members.

The requirement outlined by the President Joe Biden administration earlier this week applies to both private health insurance companies and group health plans, like those provided by an employer.

Under new guidelines, tests may either be free or reimbursed by the insurer. If a health plan or private insurer establishes a network of pharmacies or retailers, then they are permitted to limit the reimbursement for tests purchased outside of that network to $12 per test. For example, if a consumer chooses to purchase a two-pack of COVID-19 tests online through an out-of-network retailer for $34, then they may only be reimbursed $24 for the cost of two tests.

The Evers' administration also announced that the state has teamed up with Vault Medical Services to offer free tests for those who are uninsured. This new service allows people to collect their own saliva samples for testing in their home, with or without symptoms. Visit COVID-19: At-Home Collection Kit to learn more