The public health emergency due to COVID-19 is set to end May 11, 2023. And with that so will Medicare’s coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. Currently, and before May 11th, Medicare covers up to eight over-the-counter (OTC) tests per month with no out of pocket costs. OTC tests are available at most pharmacies.
After May 11, Medicare will continue to cover laboratory tests for COVID-19 that are ordered by your provider at no cost, but will no longer cover any OTC COVID-19 tests. If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, check with your plan benefits to see whether or not they are still covered.