Free at-home COVID-19 tests now available for Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Oklahoma Department of Insurance officials want Oklahomans to know that in-home and over-the-counter COVID-19 testing is now available free of charge to those with health insurance plans.

Group health plans and health insurance issuers that offer group or individual health insurance must cover over-the-counter COVID-19 testing starting today, Saturday, Jan. 15, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department. (OID).

New guidelines state that the tests must be either free or reimbursed by the insurer.

FILE – Faith Terreri, an employee of the City of Youngstown Health Department, collects two COVID-19 home test kits to distribute at a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it seeks to reduce costs. costs and to make testing for the virus more convenient amid growing frustrations. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

“Like the rest of the nation, Oklahoma is facing a new surge with the omicron variant. Continued testing is critical to combating the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring the health and safety of our communities,” said Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready said “I encourage Oklahomans to take advantage of available home testing and local testing sites to help keep people safe through early detection.”

OID officials advise Oklahomans to keep their receipt and submit a claim to their insurance company if they buy an over-the-counter COVID test from a pharmacy, store or online retailer and are charged .

“If your plan has not set up a network of preferred stores, pharmacies and online retailers where you can obtain a test at no cost, consumers will be reimbursed the amount of the cost of the test,” a statement states. release OID.

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