The Ohio Department of Health is temporarily adjusting its allocation strategy to ensure schools receive an adequate supply of At-Home COVID-19 test kits. As a result, the state is pausing shipments to other community partners, including libraries and local health departments, until inventory and the supply chain have stabilized. This is being caused by an increased nationwide demand by the manufacturer for these tests due to the surge of the Omicron variant.
Americans can now order one set of 4 at-home tests from the federal government through USPS.com. Orders will ship in late January. USPS will only send one set of 4 tests to valid U.S. residential addresses. Direct link to order tests: https://special.usps.com/testkits.
New Guidance on Requiring Coverage of Over-the-Counter COVID Tests
On January 10, the Departments of Labor, the Treasury and Health and Human Services (the Tri-Agencies) released new guidance that requires group health plans to cover certain authorized over-the-counter COVID-19 tests (OTC Tests) purchased on and after January 15, 2022 without cost sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements. This requirement applies to both fully insured and self-insured group health plans, including grandfathered group health plans.