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COVID-19 Updates

Vaccines and Testing
Vaccination and boosters provide the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19. We encourage you to talk with your health care provider to make sure you are fully vaccinated. Additional steps you can take to help protect yourself and others are to wear a mask in public settings, socially distance, wash your hands often, and stay home when sick.

Testing is also an important tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Federal and State Resources for Free Over-the-Counter (OTC) COVID-19 Tests
Effective January 19, 2022, there is a new federal resource to get free FDA-authorized COVID-19 test kits. At COVIDtests.gov you will find information about testing and how to order your free tests, or order your kits by calling 1-800-232-0233.

Additionally, Washington State residents can visit sayyescovidhometest.org to order up to five COVID-19 test kits per household delivered at no cost. Supplies will be limited at first and will restock as available.

WSHIP Non-Medicare Plans Coverage of Over-the-Counter (OTC) COVID-19 Tests*
If you are an enrollee in a WSHIP Non-Medicare PPO or HSA plan, your prescription drug coverage will allow you to be reimbursed for up to eight FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests per month used for diagnostic purposes only, meaning you have symptoms or were in close contact with an infected person. You do not need a doctor's order. This coverage is effective January 15, 2022 and will continue for the duration of the pandemic emergency order. OTC tests will not be covered for non-diagnosis purposes (like travel or employment) and OTC tests purchased before January 15, 2022 will not be reimbursed.

Click here to learn more about how COVID-19 tests are available through your pharmacy benefit.

*Coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests is not available on WSHIP Medicare plans (Medical Supplement, Basic and Basic Plus). However, starting this spring, Medicare enrollees may be able to get OTC COVID-19 tests at no cost under a new initiative through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). You can read more about this initiative in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services news release or in these frequently asked questions.

Steps WSHIP is taking to Support Enrollees
WSHIP is taking the following steps to support enrollees:

  • Covering COVID-19 vaccinations and diagnostic testing

  • Expanding telemedicine services

  • Allowing early prescription medication refills

Stay informed
Please visit the CDC website and Washington State Department of Health website for the latest information and guidance on this rapidly evolving situation. If you are at higher risk for serious illness because of your age or underlying medical conditions, consult with your doctor about any additional actions you should take to help protect yourself.