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Please, Sir, I Want Some More … COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits

February 01, 2022

The Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and the IRS have issued Frequently Asked Questions #51 regarding implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Pub. L. No. 116-127), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136), which state that group health plans and health insurance issuers must cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. A plan or health insurance issuer can require a participant who purchases an OTC COVID-19 test to submit a claim for reimbursement to the plan or issuer. Tell participants to have their flexible spending arrangement (FSA)-health or health savings account cards at-the-ready.

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