New program provides no-cost COVID-19 testing for the uninsured
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - A new program launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing of people without insurance.
Medicaid providers will be reimbursed through the NC Medicaid Optional COVID-19 Testing program.
“North Carolina is making COVID-19 testing more available and affordable, and this program will help,” said Governor Roy Cooper.
Federal funding will be available to cover 100% of the direct costs of testing through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including viral, serological or antibody tests. Medicaid-enrolled providers can file directly with NC Medicaid for reimbursement and costs can be recovered retroactively for up to three months.
“This new program allows community providers to offer cost-free testing to uninsured North Carolinians. It’s a good step to decrease barriers to testing,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD.
There are three eligibility requirements for no-cost COVID-19 testing:
- North Carolina resident
- Uninsured and not eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid
- US citizen or legally resident as mandated by federal regulations
NCDHHS recommends testing for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, as well as for any asymptomatic individual who believe they may have been exposed, especially people from historically marginalized communities.
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