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?

Health Centers in your area

What are Health Centers?

If you are in the US, Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, high-quality primary health care services to most vulnerable individuals and families, people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, and veterans. They provide services such as integrated care for anyone regardless of their ability to pay. The health center programs receive federal and state funding via Medicare and Medicaid to keep their service costs from low to free. These centers are overseen by federal protocols so they must follow certain way to provide service. As for receiving a free rapid test at a health center, the cost is covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in March of 2020.

How do I get a Free Rapid Covid-19 Test?

  1. Register on this site that offers appointments. If none of the locations are nearby you, then,
  2. Call or visit your neighborhood Pharmacy, Independent or Chain, they should explain if they have any appointments for rapid testing to people without any means to pay. If that fails,
  3. Visit the federal government’s Find a Health Center website run by the Health Resources and Services which is part of HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Enter the zip code you are in and the site will display nearby health centers. Contact them to setup and appointment for a rapid test, you should be able to visit each individual Health Center’s website for more information, call them or get their address and go to them.