NC Medicaid beneficiaries can get free at-home COVID-19 tests

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said it’s making sure NC Medicaid beneficiaries have access to free at-home tests for COVID-19.

This comes after the Biden administration’s requirement last week to provide free at-home tests. The state health director signed the order on Jan. 14 for Medicaid beneficiaries to get the tests from their local pharmacies.

Beneficiaries can pick up a test at their preferred pharmacy and show their NC Medicaid ID card to them. The pharmacist will be able to bill Medicaid on the patient’s behalf.

“The ability to get at-home tests at local, nearby pharmacies will ensure NC Medicaid beneficiaries have access to at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests in the weeks ahead,” Dr. Tilson said. “Along with getting vaccinated and boosted, and wearing a well-fitting mask, testing helps us prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

There has been a rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the country due to the omicron variant.

On Wednesday, the federal government said it would start sending out COVID-19 tests to any American household that wants one.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the website COVIDtests.gov is in the “beta phase right now,” and that the administration “can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two, but the best tech teams across the administration and the Postal Service are working hard to make this a success.”

For more information on approved at-home COVID-19 tests, click here.

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