The Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced they will be conducting a program to start providing home testing kits. This comes after American Association of Retired Persons vice president Nancy LeaMond called on them to give people 65 and older equal access to tools to keep them safe. According to USA Today, Medicare beneficiaries will have their home testing kits covered by the program.
Over the past few weeks, those on Capitol Hill, advocates, and Medicare beneficiaries have started to put pressure on President Joe Biden and several federal agencies on this issue. They have been fighting to get Medicare to pay for at-home COVID-19 tests. The increase in Medicare costs combined with inflation has meant that many have a tighter budget. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, those over the age of 65, are at high risk of COVID. Most in this age group rely on a fixed income and are reliant on Social Security benefits to survive. They really can't afford private health insurance.
It's good to see that those on Medicare will soon have their COVID-19 home testing kits covered. However, this will be in place weeks after private health plans cover this for their beneficiaries. Right now, Medicare does not cover home testing kits. From January 15, 2022 most Americans were able to receive free home testing kits. However, the older beneficiaries were left out. For now, Medicare beneficiaries will have to wait another month before their COVID-19 home testing kits will be covered by the program.