“Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home Covid Tests”


Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home Covid Tests,” by Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News



“What group is especially vulnerable to the ravages of covid-19 even if fully vaccinated and boosted? Seniors. And who will have an especially tough time getting free at-home covid tests under the Biden administration’s plan? Yes, seniors. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. As of Jan. 15, private insurers will cover the cost of eight at-home rapid covid tests each month for their members — for as long as the public health emergency lasts. Finding the tests will be hard enough, but Medicare beneficiaries face an even bigger hurdle: The administration’s new rule doesn’t apply to them.”


LTC Comment, Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform:

Situation normal, all fouled up.