How to get your At-Home COVID-19 Test for Free

In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, all Americans can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests through the new federal website

It’s a good idea to order your tests now so you have them when you need them.


Can’t wait? Need a test now?


Beginning January 3, 2022, Community First Medicaid and CHIP Members will be able to purchase over-the-counter (at-home) COVID-19 tests authorized by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost. Members should get their at-home COVID-19 test kits at a Community First network pharmacy counter to ensure that the kits are processed properly and that Members have no out-of-pocket costs at the point of sale.

For a list of network pharmacies in your plan, please click here.

If you purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 test from a pharmacy, store, or online and are charged for your test, you can request a reimbursement by contacting Community First Member Services at 210-227-2347. You will be required to submit a copy of your receipt.

COVID-19 test kits will be covered at a reimbursement rate set by HHSC, with a limit of FOUR tests per covered Member every 30 days.

Examples of FDA authorized at-home COVID-19 tests include, but are not limited to:

  • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test

  • CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Home Test

  • Ellume COVID-19 Home Test

  • Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test

  • iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

  • InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid Test

  • QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test

For more information, please call Member Services at the number listed in the back of your Community First Member ID Card or the phone number listed above.

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