Testing support for older adults and people with disabilities
As of September 25, 2023, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com again. Visit covid.gov/tests to place an order.
People who are blind or have low vision can order tests that are more accessible than other options. Learn more here.
The Eldercare Locator and the Disability Information and Assistance Line (DIAL) can help older adults and people with disabilities learn about testing options, get accessible instructions, help with test administration and more.
- People with disabilities can contact DIAL by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
- Older adults can call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 Monday-Friday or visit the website to chat live or browse resources.
Both phone lines are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern).
Insurance coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests
Along with vaccinations and protective measures such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and hand-washing, at-home COVID-19 tests are an important tool for stopping the spread of the virus.
The end of the Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023 may impact some insurance coverage for laboratory and over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. This CMS fact sheet (also available in Spanish) describes how the end of the Public Health Emergency impacts testing coverage for individuals with different forms of insurance.
Search for a location that offers no-cost COVID-19 testing
After the Public Health Emergency ends on May 11, 2023, the CDC Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) for COVID-19 program will likely continue with a smaller site network that supports testing and disease surveillance needs at non-emergency levels. ICATT will continue to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance with symptoms related to COVID-19 or who were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Connect with Community Health Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to ensuring that people at greatest risk from COVID-19 have equitable access to resources that can help prevent its spread. To that end, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have been working together to help support the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities. ACL and HRSA offer the aging and disability networks to partner with HRSA-supported health centers and Medicare-certified rural health clinics.
It is crucial that the health centers and rural clinics hear from our networks about the needs of the people we serve and our networks’ interest in partnering. This will help them accurately assess the needs in their communities and place orders to meet them as the programs and supplies expand.
To find a potential community health center partner, visit Find A Health Center.