Medicare Coverage On Tap For OTC COVID-19 Tests
Medicare traditionally has not covered OTC tests but CMS says importance of testing in fighting pandemic changed its calculus.
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US consumers can order up to four rapid antigen tests per household through USPS website, or a phone hotline coming soon. Biden administration, which is working to buy another 500m tests soon, notes more OTC tests are becoming available through an accelerated pathway to support FDA reviews of for emergency use authorizations of tests with potential for large-scale manufacturing.