Are COVID Tests Still Free? It Depends. Here’s How to Still Get Free Tests.

With U.S. government funding for the fight against COVID-19 recently running dry, there has been a lot of misinformation and confusion out there regarding whether COVID tests are still free, so I wanted to put in some definitive research for everyone as we head back into cold, flu, and now “COVID season” this fall and winter. I’ll cover COVID tests here and COVID vaccines in an upcoming sister-article. Also, check out my article on how to a get cheap or free flu shot as the flu is having a resurgence.

Are COVID Tests Still Free?

The answer: it depends. You may remember that in early 2022, the U.S. government organized 3 ways that you could get free COVID tests:

Rapid at-home tests shipped from the USPS (initially 4 tests, then a 2nd order of 4 tests, and then 8 additional tests)
Rapid at-home tests reimbursed from your insurer
Rapid or PCR tests at over 20,000 testing sites

Funding has been completely depleted for one of these 3 free COVID testing options, while the other…

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This article was written by G.E. Miller and originally published on