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US Government provides free coronavirus tests days after private insurance; United States Postal Service now taking orders online

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Screenshot of Order form of Coronavirus Testing Kits on USPS.com

By Jessika Perez

As of Jan. 15, Americans are able to receive at-home coronavirus testing kits free of charge through their private insurance at pharmacies and both in-person and online retailers. 

Up to eight tests per person per household in a given month will be available.

Consumers will have to submit a claim for reimbursement if paying up-front. The insurer reimburse amount is $12 per test or the cost of the test if less than $12. If your insurance has not set up a network of preferred stores, online retailers, and pharmacies at no out-of-pocket cost, you will be reimbursed the full amount of the test (even if over $12).

President Joe Biden doubled his promise of $500 million COVID-19 tests available to all Americans last Thursday.

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 19 Americans are able to order at-home coronavirus testing kits free of charge. A forewarning of seven to twelve business days for shipping is given.

A limit of four COVID-19 tests can be provided, per user (on the website) and address.

Note: Coronavirus tests need to be FDA authorized to be liable for zero charge or recompensation. Keep proof of purchase. Any tests bought prior to Jan. 15 are not applicable.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 18 the United States Postal Service is open for Americans to place their COVID-19 testing kits. The form consists of collecting contact information and address. The link for ordering is special.usps.com/testkits. Limit of four per household as stated earlier.