8 COVID Tests, A MONTH (!!!)

This goes into effect TODAY. Here’s the press release (link).


  • Basically all ACA-compliant plans allow this. If a packet has 2 tests, that counts as 2, not one, of the 8 allowed, per month.

  • The list of “approved tests” is not firm, it is moving, so you need to check.

  • You do not require pre-authorization, but your carrier may have very specific requirements to qualify for free tests. You can expect the carriers will vary wildly here regarding the rules on where you can buy, how you prove your claims, etc.

  • This does not include “health sharing plans,” they are not bound by this federal mandate.

Medicare (Part A and Part B) and Medicare Advantage are NOT NOT NOT included in this new mandate.