The Pandemic

If You're on Medicare Part B, You Can Get Up to Eight Free Covid Tests Per Month

Tests can be sent to your home, or you can pick them up at local Medicare-approved health clinics.

By Samantha Lane February 22, 2022


Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, testing has been an integral part in learning more about the virus and stopping its spread.

Americans now have access to at-home Covid-19 testing kits, which are easy to use and sold at pharmacies like CVS, Publix and Walgreens. Tests cost between $9 and $24.

However, the Biden administration recognized that not everyone can afford these tests. On Jan. 19, the administration rolled out a plan in which Americans can order four free Covid-19 tests through

Now, another plan—still yet to roll out—will provide free over-the-counter Covid-19 tests to Medicare "Part B" or Medicare Advantage Plan patients, who can get up to eight free Covid-19 tests delivered to their door per month. Test results are delivered within 30 minutes.

Original Medicare does not currently pay for over-the-counter Covid-19 tests, according to the organization's website. In the meantime, patients can pick up free test kits from community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics.

To order free tests, visit or Click here to find testing and vaccination sites in Sarasota-Manatee.

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