Medicare is ending the free OTC Covid tests as of May 11th. The pharmacies are already running out. I guess some advantage plans might still be covering some and my plan is not an advantage plan and it is just changing it from 8 to 4 free OTC tests per month. So be sure to check with your plan as everyone is snapping up the tests before the 11th. I think this hit people a little by surprise as my plan is just sending out a letter and the help center just got an information letter on it today.
" The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 ends on May 11, 2023. What does this mean for you?
- Medicare will continue to cover COVID-19 vaccines at no cost.
- You’ll be able to get COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests with no out-of-pocket costs when ordered by a doctor.
- Expanded telehealth services will continue through December 31, 2024.
After May 11, 2023, Medicare will no longer cover or pay for over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you may have more access to tests depending on your benefits. Make sure to check with your plan.
The Medicare Team"