Teamsters Western Region & Local 177 | twr177-active-plan
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Free COVID-19 Test Kits
You can now get one set of four (4) at-home COVID-19 test kits for free. This is a government-sponsored program that’s available to all residential households in the U.S. Simply visit special.usps.com/testkits, fill in and submit the form, and the kits will be mailed directly to your door. You may also locate low or no cost COVID-19 tests in your community via https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites
Over-the-counter test kits
In addition to the government sponsored program, the Teamsters Western Region & Local 177 Health Care Plan also now provides coverage for COVID-19 test kits as required by federal law. Under this benefit, which applies to COVID-19 test kits purchased on or after January 15, 2022, and through the end of the Coronavirus public health emergency period, the health care plan will provide coverage for up to eight (8) FDA-approved at-home COVID-19 test kits per calendar month (or per 30-day period) for you and your eligible dependents that you purchase over the counter (OTC) at a pharmacy or retail store for you and your family’s personal use. For example, a family of four can receive reimbursement for up to 32 OTC test kits per allowed time period. You will not be required to get a doctor’s order or an individualized clinical assessment. While the quantity limit applies to OTC at-home test kits purchased without the involvement of a health care provider, the health care plan continues to cover COVID-19 tests performed by in-network health care providers without a quantity limit.
The health care plan will cover the OTC at-home test kits as a medical benefit through the Coronavirus public health emergency period. We recommend that you be sure to shop with reputable retailers to avoid scams. As you can imagine, with the high demand that exists for these test kits, there will be retailers taking advantage of the limited supply. Please do not stockpile tests so that they will be more readily available for those who really need them. COVID-19 tests have expiration dates and stockpiling tests also may result in waste of unused tests.
How to claim reimbursement
Proof of purchase of an approved test must be submitted to your medical health plan administrator along with a completed claim form.