Members are covered without cost share for COVID-19 testing, including antibody testing, when testing is determined by a primary care physician (PCP) or other treating provider to be medically necessary in accordance with current CDC and state public health department guidelines, which are being continuously updated.
Please contact your PCP or other healthcare provider to determine whether testing is appropriate for you. For Medicare members, COVID-19 testing may be ordered by any state-authorized health care professional. We will continue to update this guideline as new guidance is issued.
We understand that people have many questions regarding potential use of antibody testing. As of May 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website states, "we do not know if the antibodies that result from SARS-CoV-2 infection will provide someone with immunity from a future infection. If antibodies do provide immunity, we don’t know what titer or amount of antibodies would be protective or the duration that protection would last." The Massachusetts Department of Health guidelines issued May 13 state, "At this time, antibody testing should not be used to guide release from isolation or for return to work purposes and are not indicated for diagnostic purposes."
We encourage you to learn more about testing on the following websites: