Insurers Are Advised To Provide The Fund For At-Home Test Kits

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : January 12, 2022

As there is a shortage of instant testing kits at hospitals, people are asked to buy Covid testing kits by themselves. In this way, they will be able to get the test done without stepping out to the hospitals. This can be purchased online with an option of no-contact delivery or even directly from the shops selling instant testing kits. 

Insurers Are Advised To Provide The Fund For At-Home Test Kits

On Monday, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, that insurance lenders must pay the cost for making a Covid-19 test at home.

This rule will be effective from January 15 onwards. Any testing kits bought before the date or the price for the testing will not be paid. The scheme is not only for the people who already have a private insurance plan but also for any person who performs at-home testing. Everyone can claim the cost and the insurers are responsible for the compensation to be made.

The insurance providers can entail on which stores or retailers to buy the kits from and the people can benefit accordingly. When purchased or done a test outside of the said network of sellers, each individual is eligible for claiming up to a price of $12. Customers can avail the payment for eight tests at the maximum. If a doctor prescribes more tests to be made at home by people themselves, the insurers have to pay for everything without setting a limit. Also, there should not be any deduction made in the compensation. 

The ever-increasing covid variant has pushed the country to the worst situation. Omicron has already started threatening the people across the nation. The surge in the rate of covid cases has left hospitals with large testing needs. Joe Biden’s implementation of the plan that insurers must reimburse for testing kits has come as the savior for the majority of the population. Another issue is the lack of testing kits which has relevantly made the retailers limit the purchase of the at-home kits by each person. Larry Levitt in a recent Twitter post has tweeted saying that the success of the Biden administration’s need to provide insurance for testing kits personally purchased will depend on being able to project those valuable tests without hindrance. She is the executive vice president at Kaiser Family Foundation is a point to be noted.

White House will open a portal for inquiring about the availability of the testing kits very soon. They are also planning to disperse 500 million testing kits on average. These are all provided free of cost concerning the health and welfare of the citizens. 

The process of providing insurance for testing and kits done at home might be tedious. This is because of implementing the program within a short time of notice. Though there will be hitches at the beginning of the concerned requirement it will be carried out smoothly over time.

Matt Elyes, Chief Executive Officer of AHIP, said that they will ensure they provide appropriate solutions to the consumers as soon as possible concerning all the insurance firms. She also stressed the need to be vaccinated to stay away from contracting an infection. 

The consumers who have availed of insurance plans earlier are asked to check with the upcoming scheme. It is expected that quick actions will be taken on the topic discussed. It is also the people’s responsibility to utilize the benefit wisely. It is better if they avoid unwanted wastage of testing kits by only using them when they have symptoms of the infection. 

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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