Private insurers had less than a week to respond to the Biden administration’s policy requiring reimbursement of at-home COVID tests.

The Biden administration hopes that requiring private insurers to cover the cost of up to eight at-home rapid COVID-19 tests each month will help slow the spread of the virus and improve outcomes. Now the focus shifts to carriers as they implement payment procedures and communicate them to customers.

KFF reviewed coverage and reimbursement policies for the 13 private insurers with at least one million fully insured members across their U.S. subsidiaries. About half are implementing their testing coverage policy using only reimbursement.

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