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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Center

What you need to know about the disease and our coverage commitment.

Over-the-counter tests are fast and easy to use

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, testing is an important way to limit the spread of the disease.

OTC tests, also known as self-tests, detect if you are currently infected with COVID-19. They are typically easy to use and produce rapid results.

Where you can get tests

The government is committed to ensuring access to OTC tests. Here are four ways you can get tests for you and your family:

Have Tests Sent to Your Home

Visit to get free tests delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service.

Visit a Retail Pharmacy

Go to an in-network retail pharmacy and purchase the kits at the pharmacy counter. Provide your member ID card to the pharmacist and you’ll pay no out-of-pocket cost. To find an in-network pharmacy, click here or download the fepblue app.

Purchase Tests and Get Reimbursed

Purchase FDA-authorized OTC tests at a retail location and then submit a Health Benefits Claim Form and your OTC test receipt(s) to your local BCBS Plan. Once we process your claim, we’ll mail the contract holder a reimbursement check. You can download the claim form here or call the number on the back of your member ID card to receive one by mail.

Find a Free Test in Your Area

Contact your local health department to learn about free COVID-19 testing locations or pickup sites.

Get reimbursed for your over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

OTC tests purchased at retail locations cost, on average, $12 for a single test and $24 for a double test kit.

FEP will cover up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per member on a contract per calendar month.

Here’s how to get reimbursed:

Submit a claim form

  • Complete a Health Benefits Claim Form and submit it by mail to your local BCBS company.
  • It must include the original receipt or a copy of the receipt for purchasing the tests.
  • You can submit any number of receipts on a single claim form.
  • You must submit a separate claim form for each covered family member.

Submit up to 8 tests a month

  • Once you reach the limit of eight tests per member per calendar month, we will not reimburse claims for additional tests.

Get reimbursed

  • Once we process your claim, the contract holder will receive a reimbursement check by mail.
  • We generally process claims within 30 days from receiving your completed claim form and receipts.

        Reimbursement does not cover employer-based testing. By signing or submitting the claim form, you agree that you're not using the purchased tests for these purposes.                  

What if you test positive?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, if your over-the-counter test has a positive result, you should follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation, wear a well-fitted mask if you have contact with others and call your healthcare provider.

If you have any questions about your over-the-counter test, you should call your healthcare provider or check out our FAQs.