WPS: Health plans to cover at-home COVID-19 tests

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DeAnne Boegli

Vice President of Communications

608-512-5754

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New coverage is effective as of Jan. 15, 2022

MADISON, Wis.—Jan. 14, 2022—To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the federal government recently passed guidelines making at-home testing more accessible. WPS Health Insurance and WPS Health Plan will cover the costs of home testing kits in accordance with the new requirements.

Individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—online or at a store—can be reimbursed for the full cost beginning Jan. 15, 2022.

This coverage will apply until the end of the public health emergency.

  • WPS customers can purchase up to eight tests per month for each person with coverage.
  • There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered by WPS when the tests are ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment. That includes WPS customers who need testing due to underlying medical conditions.
  • There are no cost-sharing requirements, such as deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance, nor prior authorization or other medical management requirements.

For those on Medicare, the Department of Health and Human Services offers free, at-home tests to community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics for distribution at no cost to patients and community members.

For more information on how the program works for WPS customers, please visit wpshealth.com/covid19. More information is also available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

About WPS Health Insurance

As one of the largest health benefits providers in the state, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Health Insurance) remains not-for-profit and offers high-quality health plans to the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., WPS Health Insurance has more than 3,400 employees. WPS Health Insurance offers Preferred Provider Organization health plans for individuals and groups, third-party administrator services, plus Medicare supplement plans and Medicare prescription drug plans. Visit wpshealth.com for more information.

About WPS Health Plan

WPS Health Plan, Inc. (WPS Health Plan) is a fresh choice in a crowd of big, impersonal, national health insurance giants. Based in Green Bay, Wis., WPS Health Plan continues its tradition of Wisconsin-based service and is always looking for ways to make owning and using health insurance easier. WPS Health Plan offers Health Maintenance Organization and Point-of-Service plans to the group and individual markets in eastern and north-central Wisconsin, plus third-party administrator services. Visit wpshealth.com/healthplan for more information.