COVID-19 Testing Kit Information


Medi-Cal to cover at home COVID-19 Tests

Starting February 1, Medi-Cal will begin covering at-home COVID-19 tests obtained at pharmacies enrolled as Medi-Cal providers. Coverage will be billed and reimbursed as a pharmacy-billed medical supply benefit through Medi-Cal Rx, the state’s fee-for-service prescription drug system for Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal managed care plans are not required to cover at-home tests since all beneficiaries will receive coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests through Medi-Cal Rx.

DHCS submitted a State Plan Amendment (SPA) for federal approval that describes the proposed coverage. At-home COVID-19 tests dispensed from a pharmacy and covered by Medi-Cal Rx will require a prescription, which can be provided by a pharmacist at the time the tests are dispensed. Similar to the federal requirement for private health plans to cover at-home COVID-19 tests, DHCS has proposed a limit of eight tests per beneficiary per month (or, four test kits that each include two separate tests). This limit can be exceeded if ordered or administered by a provider following an individualized clinical assessment. Further guidance with detailed pharmacy billing instructions will be issued before February 1.

For all at-home test kits purchased between March 11, 2021, and January 31, 2022, DHCS will reimburse beneficiaries the retail cost with a receipt, using the process outlined here.

Ordering Free COVID-19 Tests 

Starting January 18, 2022, the federal website allows individual people to order up to 4 free home testing kits per household address. The kits will be delivered by the US Postal Service within 7 to ten days. If you do have COVID-19, you can take appropriate action to protect other people and help yourself recover. 

Other Information 

California’s main COVID-19 website is COVID19.CA.GOV. It provides information about vaccination, boosters, health consequences, state- and county-level data, travel guidance, schools, workplace safety, and more. Check it out frequently for the latest updates! 

Información Sobre Kits de Pruebas Caseras de COVID-19

Como solicitar pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19

A partir del 18 de enero de 2022, el sitio web federal  permite que personas soliciten hasta 4 kits de pruebas caseras gratis por domicilio. El Servicio Postal de EE. UU. entregará los kits en un plazo de 7 a 10 días. Si tiene COVID-19, puede tomar las medidas adecuadas para proteger a otras personas y ayudarse a recuperarse.

Otra información

El sitio web principal de COVID-19 de California es COVID19.CA.GOV. Este sitio brinda información sobre vacunas, refuerzos, consecuencias de salud, datos a nivel estatal y de condado, recomendaciones de viajes, escuelas, seguridad en el lugar de trabajo y más. ¡Revíselo con frecuencia para enterarse de las últimas actualizaciones!

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