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Closeup of COVID test kit

May 02, 2022

At-Home COVID Testing: Important Update Regarding Direct Coverage

As previously reported, faculty and staff members who participate in CMU's pharmacy benefit can receive up to eight COVID-19 at home test kits (one test per package) per 30 consecutive days. Tests bought on or after January 15, 2022 are eligible for this program.

Important Update Regarding Direct Coverage — Digital Point of Sale Process

CVS Caremark now offers a digital point of sale solution across all their stores to enable a better, more consistent customer experience. This new digital tool allows plan participants to confirm availability of tests, place an order, and pick up their tests from a nearby store while processing the tests under their pharmacy benefit.

To order test kits:

  1. Visit the CVS website or use the CVS Pharmacy mobile application (click on “At-Home COVID-19 Tests.")
  2. Select "Request at-home COVID-19 tests," then answer a few preliminary questions and enter your zip code. You will be directed to the closest CVS Pharmacy locations that have test inventory.
  3. Select your test kits and enter your benefit details (BIN, PCN, Member ID).
  4. You will receive a confirmation and within an hour of order confirmation, you can pick up your tests at the pharmacy. Orders not picked up within 72 hours will be canceled.

Reimbursement Process

Continuing through the end of the mandate due to the public health emergency, employees who participate in a CMU medical plan can opt to request reimbursement through the following methods. A $2.50 processing fee associated with the reimbursement option will be billed to the plan and will not be incurred by the employee.