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Starting Saturday, you may not have to pay out of pocket for at-home COVID-19 tests.

I bought a few at-home test in the Fall, so I could take them before vacations. The ease, and accessibility of them was amazing, that I didn’t even mind paying for them. recently, thanks to the surge of the omicron variant of COVID-19 though, not only have the prices of at-home COVID tests gone up, but there are also extremely hard to find.

While they may still be difficult to find, starting Saturday, you may not have to pay for the tests. The Biden administration announced Monday, that in an effort to make testing more accessible and affordable, that private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans.

According to the New York Times, PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.

I know quite a few people that have struggled with COVID-19 in the last few weeks, and they have expressed to me that their symptoms are not the most frustrating part of COVID. In fact, what they are struggling with is 1.) getting tested, and 2.) getting their results in a timely manner.

I think this move is a good one. While tests may still remain difficult to find, at least you can breathe easy knowing it won’t break the bank.

13 North Carolina Laws Going Into Effect January 1, 2022