The time for Americans to get free government-sponsored Covid-19 tests is running out.
The program is set to be suspended on Sept. 2 — or sooner, if supplies run out — because Congress has not provided additional funding to replenish the government’s stockpile, according to a message on the Covid-19 trial website.
Earlier this summer, the Biden administration said it planned to scrap the program and shift the cost of Covid tests to health insurers. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the Department of Health and Human Services had scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to discuss the transition and next steps.
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Every US household is eligible for eight free rapid antigen tests per order, for a total of 16 free tests. The program began in January, offering four tests per family, then expanded into March and May.
Anyone who hasn’t used their kit can order one in the coming days by registering online at https://special.usps.com/testkits or by calling 1-800-232-0233. The tests are free and there are no shipping costs.
If you are not sure whether you have reached your allocation, you can fill out the online order form online. If you are no longer eligible, a message will inform you that you have reached your current limit.
People with health insurance can get up to eight tests per person per month free of charge through their health plan.