IMPORTANT: Changes to Medi-Cal rules are coming! Medi-Cal will be available to all people who are 50 years of age or older who meet all Medi-Cal eligibility criteria, and immigration status will not matter. These changes will also let people keep more property and qualify for Medi-Cal. Go to benefitscal.com or call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services at 1-866-613-3777.

Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Rapid Tests Now Available at No Cost

For Medi-Cal Beneficiaries

Starting February 1, 2022, all Medi-Cal beneficiaries may obtain up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests per month at no cost through pharmacies enrolled as Medi-Cal providers. This limit can be exceeded if the tests are ordered or administered by a medical provider following an individualized clinical assessment.

For at-home test kits purchased between March 11, 2021, and January 31, 2022, DHCS will reimburse Medi-Cal beneficiaries the retail cost with a receipt, using the process outlined here. You can learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

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For L.A. Care Covered ™ and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan Members

Starting January 15, 2022, L.A. Care members in our commercial L.A. Care Covered ™ Plans and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan may obtain up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests per month at no cost through an L.A. Care network pharmacy. Read the details in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

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For Cal MediConnect Members

Cal MediConnect members can use their quarterly $125 Over-the-Counter (OTC) benefit allowance to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 rapid antigen tests online at Walmart.com or in-store at participating retailers. Please visit Healthy Benefits Plus to order your tests online or to see a list of participating retail locations. For more details, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

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For All Households in the U.S.

Starting on January 19, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from the federal government at COVIDtests.gov. For those who have difficulty accessing the Internet or need additional support placing an order, call their COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). For more information, please visit the FAQ section of COVIDtests.gov.

 

For more about COVID-19 testing , please visit our general Testing Information webpage.