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Tricare Waives Copays for COVID-19 Tests

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U.S. Army/John Wayne Liston
Friday, April 24, 2020

As part of its continuing efforts to adapt to the coronavirus crisis, Tricare will now cover copays for COVID-19 testing ordered by a doctor, according to a memo released by the Defense Health Agency.

Under this change, copays will be waived for COVID-19 tests taken on or after March 18. Beneficiaries who have already paid a copay for the test can file for a reimbursement

DHA is also managing supplies of certain medications affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure availability of those drugs for patients who need them, the memo says. This includes albuterol and levalbuterol inhalers, commonly used by patients with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

“Because of COVID-19, the demand for these two inhaler drugs is now much higher than normal,” Tricare said in a statement. Beginning April 10, patients can receive only one inhaler every 30 days. “This will help balance the demand with supply to ensure all patients have access to these medications,” Tricare said.

The most common signs of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, and symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Soldiers and their families who are experiencing symptoms can call the Military Health System’s Nurse Advice Line to be screened and get advice on what to do.

To reach the Nurse Advice Line from the U.S., Guam or Puerto Rico, call 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273) and select option 1. Other country-specific phone numbers are available online.

If someone is experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms—such as trouble breathing, persistent pain, confusion, or bluish lips or face—call 911 or a local emergency room and notify the operator of the symptoms before going.

Click here for more information about Tricare coverage or to find a network provider.