Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Options for Families
How to access at-home test kits at no cost
If you need a COVID-19 test, there are many ways you can test at home for free.
COVID-19 home test kits are available at no cost by mail or pick-up at specified locations.
You may also be eligible for insurance reimbursement or Medicaid coverage at participating pharmacies. Here is a summary of the current options:
- Every home in the United States is eligible to order two sets of four free at-home tests through the U.S. Postal Service. If you have already ordered your first set, you may order a second set at https://special.usps.com/testkits. Please note:
- There is a limit of two orders per residential address.
- Each order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.
- Orders will ship free as tests are received from manufacturers.
- For those who cannot access the internet or need help placing an order:
- Call (800) 232-0233 or the TTY line at (888) 720-7489 to get help in English, Spanish and more than 150 other languages.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health is providing 225,000 free, rapid COVID-19 self-administered test kits through Project Access Covid Tests (Project ACT).
- Residents living in these specific zip codes in 14 Illinois counties can sign up for home delivery.
- Eligible residents can order tests on a first-come, first-served basis at AccessCovidTests.org.
- Each household will receive one kit containing five tests within one to two weeks after ordering. There is an initial limit of one kit per household.
- If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will pay you back for eight at-home tests each month for each person on your plan.
- The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) will allow Medicaid-participating pharmacies to prescribe and bill for COVID-19 home test kits.
- This coverage went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and applies to Medicaid fee-for-service and HealthChoice Illinois managed care plans.
- Individuals with disabilities can also contact the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) for help with avaialble testing options, including ordering free at-home test kits.
- Contact DIAL Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at (888) 677-1199 or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
- Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing can reach DIAL using the 711/Video Relay Service (VRS).
You may also visit www.covidtests.gov/ to see where are at-home tests are available for sale. The website includes a list of free testing sites available by state. It also provides information about other testing resources.
If you have questions about testing your child, this article from HealthyChildren.org gives a helpful overview of the different types of COVID-19 tests available and what parents need to know.
Your child’s pediatrician can help you determine when testing is a good idea and which type of test would be best. Please contact their office with any questions.
For more information on testing options, assistance programs and caregiver support, visit the Division of Specialized Care for Children’s COVID-19 Resource Directory.