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Posted on: September 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] U.S. will again offer free Covid tests by mail

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The Biden administration is preparing for a potential winter surge of COVID-19 by reinstating a program to provide free coronavirus tests to Americans through mail delivery. They plan to allocate over $600 million to purchase tests from twelve domestic manufacturers. The website for the program, covidtests.gov, will begin accepting orders on Monday, and households will be able to receive four tests.COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States have been increasing, although they remain lower than earlier in the pandemic. Free COVID-19 tests have become less accessible to many Americans. The previous requirement for private insurers to cover up to eight at-home tests per month ended when the public health emergency for the coronavirus expired in May, according to information available up to September 2021. For the latest updates on COVID-19 testing and hospitalizations, refer to https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-updates-and-information and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html#print

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