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Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from the Federal Government through the United States Post Office.

Here’s what you need to know about your order: 
    Limit of one order per residential address
    One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
    Orders will ship free starting in late January

This is the link for ordering: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests 

For those who have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages. This call-line is open 8 a.m. to midnight ET, 7 days a week. There’s also a TTY line (1-888-720-7489) to support access by hearing impaired callers.

Trouble placing your Order? For assistance in the ordering process the USPS recommends filing a service request at https://emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal-store-inquiry or contacting their help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS, to help address the issue.

Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests - January 10, 2022 Press Release

More on How to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free

Below are facilities offering testing in or near Sierra County. Many clinics offer Drive-Thru Testing options.

  • Downieville Ambulance Urgent Care -Rapid testing for symptomatic people by appointment - (530) 289-3333 
  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Loyalton) - (530) 993-1231
  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Portola)- (530) 832-6600 
  • Plumas District Hospital (Quincy) - (530) 283-5640
  • Sierra Nevada Medical Center (Grass Valley) - (530) 274-6000
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee) - (530) 582-3450 
  • Western Sierra Medical Clinic (Downieville) - (530) 274-9762
  • Find Testing Near You Search Tools in California and Nevada

Downieville at the Community Hall with the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department

Every Wednesday from 10am till Noon
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FAQs about payment for COVID-19 testing:

1. Must health plans cover COVID-19 testing? 

Yes. Health plans must cover COVID-19 tests that are FDA approved or authorized, or approved by the state, without prior authorization and at no cost to the enrollee. This includes follow-up (serial/sequential) tests. This requirement applies to such tests administered by a skilled nursing facility.  Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests (January 10, 2022)

2. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 apply to testing for asymptomatic individuals? 

Yes. Health plans must cover testing for COVID-19 and may not deny coverage based on lack of medical necessity. Please refer to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) for additional information. 

3. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to commercial, Medi-Cal, and Medicare Advantage plans? 

Yes. All of these plans must cover COVID-19 testing, without prior authorization, and at no cost to the enrollee. Similarly, recent guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also requires coverage of COVID-19 tests for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare coverage. 

4. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to self-funded, employer plans (also known as ERISA plans)? 

Yes. Self-funded employer plans also are required to cover COVID-19 testing and screening without cost to the enrollee, and without prior authorization. Please refer to the CARES Act for additional information.