COVID-19 Testing & Coverage

Get at-home or in-person COVID-19 tests

Free COVID-19 tests

There are several federal and state programs for free COVID-19 testing.

Free at-home rapid tests may also be available at community health centers and Medicare-certified rural health clinics.

Find a Health Center

There are also state and local programs in place for free COVID-19 testing, as well. In addition to the state resources listed here, look to your local board of health or your city or town website for more information.

Over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests

We are covering the cost of up to eight over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests per member, per month as further described below. We will pay only for tests that are approved by or granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, are intended for individualized diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19 (not for resale) and are not for employment purposes.

View a List of Eligible Tests

Commercial and Direct members

  • Commercial HMO, PPO or POS, as well as Direct members can visit the following pharmacies and purchase the tests with no upfront cost:
    • Sam's Club
    • Bartell Drugs
    • Kinney Drugs
    • Kmart Corp
    • Walgreens
    • Walmart
    • Rite Aid
  • Commercial HMO, PPO or POS and Direct members paying for at-home tests out-of-pocket can also submit a form for reimbursement through OptumRx, our pharmacy benefit manager. Members can submit an online reimbursement form, or they can complete a paper reimbursement form and mail it with their receipts to OptumRx for any tests purchased on or after January 1, 2023. Please see the forms for instructions. Members submitting reimbursement for tests purchased before this date will need to submit for reimbursement from CVS/Caremark. 
  • Please note, self-insured employer groups may choose to administer this benefit through their pharmacy benefit manager. Members of self-insured groups should follow up with their employer to confirm their coverage options. 
  • Commercial and Direct members who paid for at-home tests out-of-pocket between January 15, 2022 and December 31, 2022 can also submit a form for reimbursement through CVS Caremark. Members can submit an online reimbursement form through their accounts on, or they can complete a paper reimbursement form and mail it with their receipts to CVS Caremark. Please see the forms for instructions and details.

Medicaid members

  • MA Together, RITogether, Senior Care Options and Unify members can obtain coverage for over-the-counter tests through their pharmacy benefits. Members should visit an in-network pharmacy to purchase the tests with no upfront cost.

Medicare Advantage members and Medeicare Supplement members

As of April 4, 2022, Medicare covers up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests each calendar month, at no cost. This coverage continues until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), and is available to anyone with Medicare Part B, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan. 

You can get the Medicare-covered, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at any pharmacy or health care provider that participates in this initiative. Just show your red, white, and blue Medicare card to get your free tests.

See a list of participating pharmacies

Get more information on Medicare coverage for at-home-tests

In-person PCR, antigen and antibody laboratory tests

We also cover in-person PCR (polymerase chain reaction), antigen and antibody laboratory testing consistent with federal and state guidance at no cost to our members. These tests must be medically necessary, as determined by a health care provider, in accordance with current CDC and state public health department guidelines.

COVID-19 PCR tests that are laboratory processed and either conducted in person or at home must be ordered or referred by a provider to be covered benefits. We will not cover or reimburse you for these tests when you order them yourself, including when you order using an online self-completed questionnaire. Testing is not covered solely for general workplace health and safety, public health surveillance or for other purposes not primarily intended for a member’s individual COVID-19 diagnosis or treatment. Diagnostic coronavirus testing required as a condition of travel inside or outside of the United States is not covered.

Diagnostic testing required by your provider for surgical or other medical procedures is medically necessary and covered, including if you are pregnant or an expectant parent and testing is required prior to admittance to a delivery facility.  As always, coverage is only available to health plan members.

Updates to our current COVID-19 testing policies will be published to this site as they become available.