September 2 Deadline to Order No-cost COVID Tests

The U.S. government is suspending a program that provides up to 16 free, at-home COVID-19 testing kits to each household. The last day to place orders before the suspension goes into effect is Friday, September 2. To request tests, visit

FDA Extends Expiration Dates for Many COVID-19 Home Tests

The FDA has extended the shelf life on many at-home COVID-19 tests, including free tests shipped to homes by the U.S. government. Consumers can check the FDA website here to see if expiration dates printed on their home tests have been extended.

To receive an extended expiration date, the manufacturer must provide stability data to the FDA that demonstrates the test's shelf-life is longer than was known when the test was first authorized. 

No-cost Test Kits through Health Insurance

People with a health insurance plan can continue to purchase at-home COVID-19 tests either no-cost at check-out or through insurance reimbursement. To qualify, tests must be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be covered by insurance. Click here for a list of FDA-authorized tests. 

In order to receive insurance reimbursement, individuals should save and submit receipts. Insurance companies are required to reimburse the cost of the test or up to $12 per test, whichever is less. For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website here.