- Nasal Swab Tests - Free tests are widely available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and numerous other locations around the state.
- Walk-up Saliva Tests - ASU offers facilities in Flagstaff, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tucson. Find hours and locations here. Even if appointments are full on the registration site, you may still walk up a get a test. Results are available online, often within 24 hours. COVID-19 saliva testing has concluded at ADOA.
- At-Home Test Reimbursement - are now being reimbursed by our insurance plans, please see below.
- At-Home Tests from the Federal Government - please see below.
EMERGENCY ROOMS and Testing
- Hospitals report that people with no symptoms or mild symptoms are seeking COVID-19 tests at emergency rooms instead of designated testing sites. This is making it more difficult to care for people facing medical emergencies.
- Please use the links listed above for COVID-19 testing if you have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
- Of course, if you have a medical emergency, or are experiencing symptoms like trouble breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, altered mental state, or signs of a stroke or heart attack, don’t hesitate to go to an emergency room to get the attention you need.
How To Decide if you need a test
- You do not need a doctor to approve your test. However, call your healthcare provider right away if you believe you might have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms such as fever, cough, or trouble breathing. (If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.)
No Copays for COVID-19 Testing
- If the provider attempts to collect payment from you, please use this link to find a letter explaining our benefit.
- If you have already paid a copay, contact your medical carrier for assistance in receiving a refund.
COVID-19 AT-HOME TEST REIMBURSEMENT
Health insurance plans are required to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests starting January 15, 2022, as per direction from the federal government. Here’s what you need to know.
- 8 individual at-home over-the-counter COVID tests per person enrolled in the plan per month. For example, a family of four can get 32 tests per month for free.
- Plans may count each test separately, even if there are multiple tests in one package.
- No doctor’s visit or prescription is necessary for the 8 free at-home tests per month.
- If your job requires you to test multiple times per week, you can only be reimbursed for 8 tests per month.
- If you have a prescription from your healthcare provider, there is no limit on the number of free at-home tests.
- Tests must still be primarily for individualized diagnosis or treatment of COVID.
- Plans may set up a Network of providers for the tests, but you may purchase tests at an out-of-Network pharmacy or retailer.
- Coverage begins for purchases on or after January 15, 2022. Tests purchased before this date require a prescription for reimbursement.
- You will be reimbursed $12 per test, or the cost of the test, if less than $12.
- Keep your receipt to submit a claim to your health plan for reimbursement.
- More information will be coming soon from the carriers as they set up their reimbursement processes.
Other testing methods
FREE AT-HOME TESTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
- Americans can begin ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests starting January 19.
- Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website COVIDtests.gov.
- Information on phone orders will be added here when it is received.
- Tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering.