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At-Home COVID-19 Tests

At-home COVID-19 tests are available!

  • At-home COVID-19 tests are tests that a person can take at home and get results without sending a sample to a laboratory for testing.
  • These tests are easy to use, produce rapid results, and can be bought over-the-counter if necessary.

For the most current guidance on when to take an at-home COVID-19 test and next steps based on the results of the test, visit the CDC’s website

At this time, TRICARE covers the cost of at-home test kits that are both FDA-approved and ordered by a TRICARE-authorized provider for a medically necessary purpose, such as exhibition of symptoms. However, there are other options for beneficiaries to get a free, at-home COVID-19 test if their provider does not order one for them. These options include the federal government, local government entities, or their local military hospital or clinic if they have tests available.

If a beneficiary tests positive for COVID-19, they should report their positive test results to their health care provider. The health care team will provide self-care actions the beneficiary can take at home or other possible treatment options. 

Use these graphics to educate your patients on the importance of testing at home, where they can get a test, and how to report their positive test results to their health care provider.

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Use any of these graphics with the approved social media messages to educate your patients about at-home COVID-19 Test Kits.

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Answering Your Questions About COVID-19 Testing

Military personnel performing a COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 continues to spread, now as the Omicron variant. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect you and your family from getting seriously ill, getting hospitalized, or dying. You should also make sure you’re up to date with your vaccines. Testing is another important step you can take to protect yourself and others.

Defense Department Announces Distribution of COVID-19 Tests for Military Beneficiaries

A Soldier assigned to the Connecticut National Guard helps load a shipment of at-home COVID-19 testing kits into a truck at a regional distribution point in North Haven, Connecticut, Jan. 3, 2022. These kits were picked up by representatives from local towns and municipalities to be handed out to their communities.

The Department of Defense will offer at-home COVID-19 tests for military beneficiaries at military hospitals or clinics, on a supply available basis, in the coming weeks.

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Last Updated: May 17, 2023
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