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Free COVID-19 testing being offered for uninsured Nevadans

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:50:04-04

Most uninsured Nevadans now qualify for Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 testing at no cost.

Nevada Medicaid now covers COVID-19 testing and testing related services for most uninsured Nevadans, available under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA).

Most Nevadans, who are either uninsured or enrolled in a limited benefit Medicaid eligibility group, may be eligible for coverage.

There is no resource or income test for this group.

In addition to being uninsured (enrolled in a limited benefit Medicaid eligibility category), individuals must be Nevada residents, a U.S. citizen, or have qualifying immigration status and provide a social security number to qualify for this coverage.

Coverage for this program is retroactive back to March 18, 2020 and it continues until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This is limited Medicaid coverage that does not cover treatment or medication for COVID-19 and does not cover services beyond COVID-19 testing.

This coverage includes screening and testing, both diagnostic and serology antibody testing for COVID-19. The COVID-19 diagnostic test will identify if a person is currently infected with the coronavirus and an antibody test identifies if a person was previously infected.

Testing is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and chest x-ray services are also covered.

To apply for benefits including Medicaid, go to accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov.

Nevadans can find COVID-19 testing locations through the Nevada Health Response website or by contacting their health care provider.