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Federal government will cover cost of at-home COVID-19 tests

The Biden administration has announced a new investment in at-home COVID tests. Here, an Abbott BinaxNow test.
Ted S. Warren
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The Biden administration has announced a new investment in at-home COVID tests. Here, an Abbott BinaxNow test.

Americans will get at least eight at-home COVID-19 tests per month covered by their health insurance starting this Saturday.

The Biden Administration announced the new initiative this week.

It’s part of a larger plan to make COVID testing cheaper and more available to Americans, as many scramble to get tested amidst the Omicron surge.

The policy covers at-home tests that have been approved by the U-S Food and Drug Administration.

The White House says it's also working to boost COVID test production.

It has plans to provide up to 500 million free tests to Americans who order them, even if they don't have insurance.

The Administration says those tests will start going out in the next few weeks.