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As COVID-19 cases increase throughout communities, getting vaccinated and staying up to date with booster shots is the best way for everyone to stay protected. COVID-19 home antigen tests are another important tool for slowing the spread of the virus. These tests are an easy, no-cost way to get quick results — usually within 30 minutes.
When to use a COVID-19 self-test
COVID-19 self-tests should be used if someone has symptoms, think they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or plan to gather indoors with those who may be at risk, including unvaccinated children, seniors, and those who are immunocompromised.
How to get a COVID-19 self-test
There are many ways for Kaiser Permanente members to get a COVID-19 self-test at no cost and without a doctor’s order:
If members pay for an FDA-authorized test, they can submit a claim for reimbursement at kp.org. Select "Coverage & Costs," then select "Submit a medical claim." Starting May 5, reimbursement will be limited to $12 per test, including shipping and sales tax.
What members should do if they receive a positive result
If a member receives a positive result from a COVID-19 self-test, they should complete an e-visit right away to report it. It will be added to their medical record and they’ll receive guidance on treatment, isolation, and quarantine. If they have questions or concerns about their positive result or symptoms, they should visit kp.org/getcare or use the Kaiser Permanente app to access care.
Check COVID-19 self-test expiration date
The FDA has extended the shelf life of the iHealth brand of COVID-19 self-tests. Visit the iHealth website and enter the test’s lot number to see the new expiration date.
Visit kp.org/coronavirus for local updates. You can also call the KP COVID InfoLine at 855.550.0951 (available in English and Spanish) for regular recorded updates.
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