COVID-19 Testing Resources

Starting December 15, all U.S. households can place a new order for at-home COVID-19 tests that will be mailed directly to them for free. Free tests are also available that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low visions. Every household can now place one new order for either the standard tests or the more accessible tests. To order by phone, call 888-677-1199 (people with disabilities) or 800-677-1116 (older adults).

Testing support for older adults and people with disabilities

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
  • 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. There now are several no-cost ways to get tested and to obtain at-home test kits to have on hand in case they’re needed. For people who need to purchase additional tests, health insurance may cover the cost (and assistance may be available for those who do not have insurance). We’ve pulled together the basic details in this fact sheet.

Search for a location that offers no-cost COVID-19 testing

The CDC launched the COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free COVID-19 testing sites near them. People with or without health insurance do not have to pay for COVID-19 testing at the Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) locations identified on the site. 

Partnership opportunity: ACL's networks can get masks and test kits for older adults and people with disabilities

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.  In this joint letter, ACL and HRSA  announced an opportunity for the aging and disability networks to partner with HRSA-supported health centers and Medicare-certified rural health clinics to distribute at-home tests and N95 masks to people with disabilities and older adults.  

HRSA’s program for distributing tests began in late December, and the mask program launched in January.  Both programs are growing quickly and will continue to expand over the coming weeks and months.  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.  You can also see a list of health centers currently participating in the mask program here.  (While there is not an online list of participants in the testing program, all health centers are eligible to participate.)

Last modified on 01/31/2023

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