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At home covid-19 test for Free!

Who gets at home covid-19 test for free?

President Biden is set to announce today that private health insurance plans will soon reimburse people who buy over-the-counter at-home rapid tests for COVID-19.

What about the rest of the people?

Those who are uninsured or who have public health insurance, such as Medicare or Medicaid, will not be eligible to be reimbursed for at-home test purchases, although the administration will distribute 50 million free at-home tests at health clinics and other community sites.

When does this start?

They are being rolled out as of today.

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Maryland to distribute 500K At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits.

What is happening?

Governor Larry Hogan announced that state of Maryland will distribute 500,000 at home test kits for Covid-19 thoughout the state free of charge.

What kind of at home test will they distribute?

State of Maryland will distribute Abbot’s BinaxNow AG At-home Covid 19 rapid test.

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WHO – Global license deal reached for ‘at home test’ free to poorer countries.

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) a public research institute offering the technology as a global public good, is the first test licence signed non exclsively by the WHO’s Medicines Patent Pool (MPP)

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HHS & FDA streamline policy on at home test products

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration are committed to helping ensure that COVID-19 tests are accurate, reliable, and available. As part of that commitment, HHS is withdrawing a policy established during the previous administration that limited FDA’s ability to address certain problematic COVID-19 tests.

The policy, first announced on August 19, 2020, related specifically to “laboratory developed tests” (LDTs). An LDT is a type of test that is generally designed, manufactured, and used in a single laboratory. The policy directed FDA not to require premarket review for LDTs, including premarket approval (PMA) or clearance (510(k)), and emergency use authorization (EUA), even in situations where they have poor performance.

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FDA recalls Ellume COVID-19 Home Test

FDA has issued a recall of Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, due to a higher rate of false positive test results.

How many units are recalled and why?

FDA has recalled 2 million units of Ellume COVID19 Home Test. This recall was due to a manufacturing defect.

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Cue Health launches Direct to Consumer platform including Covid-19 testing at home

A new platform

Starting November 15 2021, Cue health will be launching their Covid-19 at home testing kit along with their platform to the public.

The kit consists of a reader, an app and cartridges(comes in pack of 3), each cartridge will be used for a single Covid-19 test. Test results are delivered in 20 minutes via the app. There are other types of test cartridges in the works which should work with the reader and the app.

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What’s ahead: Ohio State’s breath test shows results in 15 seconds

Ohio state has developed a breath test which is proving to be accurate in identifying Covid-19 in critically ill patients.

Researcher and professor Pelagia-Irene Gouma who developed the test says “This novel breathalyzer technology uses nanosensors to identify and measure specific biomarkers in the breath”,
“This is the first study to demonstrate the use of a nanosensor breathalyzer system to detect a viral infection from exhaled breath prints.”

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Australia approves at home testing antigen tests

After 66.3% of Australians fully vaccinated as of today, The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA) has approved 5 at home tests for it’s citizens to use. 3 of them are Nasal Swab tests, the rest 2 are Fluid(Saliva) based rapid antigen tests for use from November 1st 2021.

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Who are At Home Test Manufacturers?

Who makes ‘At home test’ products?

There are 36 testing products approved by the FDA, out of 36 there are 7 products which are approved for At home testing. Reading the jargon filled literature leaflet that is inside each test is confusing at best, so we have tried to make things simple by creating a table below. Hope you find it educational so you can make better decisions about which test you choose.

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How to get a free or inexpensive Covid 19 test if you are not insured?

No insurance Covid-19 testing

Recently there was an article published by NPR about how a family was changed 54,000 dollars for taking a Covid-19 rapid PCR test during the height of the pandemic. This family had insurance and they were charged this amount, imagine if you don’t have any insurance, what do you do? where do you go?