Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available Again

at-home covid-19 tests

Good news! As part of the Biden Administration’s winter preparedness plan, the White House announced a new limited round of free at-home COVID-19 tests for the winter. Households can now order either standard at-home tests or tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. The more accessible tests, the Ellume COVID home tests, work with a smartphone app to provide audio step-by-step instructions for administering the test and audio test results. Shipping for both types of tests is free.

Older adults and people with disabilities who need support ordering the free at-home tests can contact the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116) or the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL, 888-677-1199).  Staff are available to assist you from 8 AM to 9 PM ET Monday through Friday. They can help you learn more about testing options, including by connecting you to accessible instructions and helping with test administration.

Medicare coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests

In addition to the tests available at, Medicare continues to cover up to 8 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month, including the Ellume tests. This coverage includes people with Medicare Advantage plans. You can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) with any questions, or visit for more information.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.