Employer Health Plans Soon Must Pay for At-Home COVID-19 Tests

President Joe Biden's nine-point action plan forCOVID-19, released on Dec. 2, directs federal agencies to issue regulations requiring group health plans and insurers to cover or reimburse costs for over-the-counter (OTC) at-home rapid COVID-19 tests without requiring health plan participants to pay any of the amount.

"To expand access and affordability of at-home COVID-19tests, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury will issue guidance by Jan. 15 to clarify that individuals who purchase OTCCOVID-19 diagnostic tests will be able to seek reimbursement from their group health plan or health insurance issuer and have insurance cover the cost during the public health emergency," according to the White House announcement.

We will provide updates as additional information becomes available.