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 covid.gov/tests, 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 Medicare.gov for more information.