Over-the-counter COVID-19 testing coverage: What you need to know

By Regence
December 15, 2022

Federal government providing free COVID-19 tests for potential surge in cases

Updated Dec. 15, 2022

The White House announced plans on Dec. 15, 2022, to provide four more at-home COVID tests in preparation for a winter season that may see a surge in cases. The free tests can be ordered at COVIDtests.gov and will begin shipping the week of Dec. 19 through the U.S. Postal Service.

COVID-19, flu and RSV continue to circulate through our communities and emergency rooms (ER) have been hit hard, with many running out of space this winter season. Alternative care options to the ER have found to be faster, more convenient and less expensive, so it’s important to know your care options.

Visit regence.com to read more information about diagnostic OTC COVID-19 test coverage, including an FAQ, plus other important health plan information. Regence members can also call us using the phone number on the back of their member ID card. We’re here to help. 

Remember to get your COVID-19 vaccine and booster 

Vaccines, booster shots, masks and other precautions remain critical to the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots, is available on the CDC website. Visit your state’s health department website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder site to find out where all eligible people can get a COVID-19 vaccine: