We handpick every product we feature. We may earn commission from the links on this page.

The White House will reimburse some Americans for at-home COVID tests

Americans with private health insurance will soon get reimbursed, says statement.

On/Go at-Home COVID-19 Rapid Self-Test ($34.99) and iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test ($17.98) from Amazon. 

On/Go at-Home COVID-19 Rapid Self-Test ($34.99) and iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test ($17.98) from Amazon. 

Catherine Falls Commercial

The 150 million Americans who have private health insurance will be eligible for full reimbursement after they purchase an at-home Covid test, the White House said Thursday. This includes people who’ve bought a plan on the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace.

For those not covered by private insurance, free tests will be available at more than 20,000 federally-supported testing sites across the country.

iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, 2 Tests per Pack – $17.98 from Amazon

It’s unclear when this new policy will take effect, but they’ve promised to issue guidance by Jan. 15th.

Experts expect that most at-home tests will be covered by the policy. Caitlin Donovan, a spokeswoman for the Patient Advocate Foundation, told CNBC the key is keeping your receipt: “Your normal receipt should be fine — I’ve even printed out receipts from Amazon — and then you would have to send it in.”

Though the reimbursement is unlikely to affect tests purchased before the guidelines go into effect, it’s worth noting that at-home Covid tests are already an eligible expense for flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA).

On/Go at-Home COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test – $34.99 from Amazon