Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests from the Federal Government Available Again
The U.S. government is again offering American households four more free rapid antigen COVID tests sent via USPS. Before you throw out "expired" tests, check the FDA's website to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended. Order yours today at COVIDtests.gov. Learn more at: covidtests.gov/faq
If you have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday–Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities place their orders. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
For those who have questions about eligibility, the online ordering form, shipping, or delivery, you can contact the USPS Help Desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home Tests
Insurance companies are now required to reimburse you for 8 tests per month for each individual on the plan up to $12 per individual test. Your health plan may cover the cost of your test if they have a network of pharmacies or retailers already setup. Alternatively, they may provide you reimbursement for the cost of over-the-counter tests regardless of the price if they have yet to set up a network of pharmacies or retailers.
The best way to find out is to contact your health plan or insurer to determine if they provide direct coverage or if you might need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Visit covidtests.gov for more information on reimbursements.
Private Testing on the Peninsula
Several urgent care facilities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offer COVID-19 tests. For information about costs and insurance coverage, as well as types of tests offered, please check with the facility.
Oceanfront Urgent & Primary Care
31236 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
For more information, call 310-544-2121 or visit oceanfrontuc.com.
Rancho Palos Verdes Urgent Care
28900 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
For more information, call 424-702-0500 or visit urgentmednetwork.com.
Exer Urgent Care
395 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
For more information, call 424-323-3500 or visit: https://www.exerurgentcare.com/urgent-care-rolling-hills-estates/
Palos Verdes Medical Group
550 Deep Valley Drive #319, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Urgent Care 3D
827 Deep Valley Drive #100, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
For more information, call 424-903-8507 or visit: http://www.urgentcare3d.com/palos-verdes
For guidance and more information about COVID-19 testing, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Testing page.
Report COVID-19 Home Test Kit Price Gouging
As COVID cases increase, so do opportunities for consumers to be victimized by illegal price gouging. In January 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order establishing consumer protections against price gouging on at-home test kits.
If you spot price gouging for COVID-19 rapid tests online or in stores, report it to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs immediately by using the “Stop Price Gouging” online tool at stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov or by calling 800-593-8222.