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Medicaid will now cover COVID-19 testing for uninsured Utahns

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Jun. 1, 2020 at 9:29 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — People who don’t have health insurance will now be able to get tested for COVID-19 through Medicaid, Utah health officials announced Monday.

The program, effective Monday, will cover diagnostic testing for the disease, as well as antibody testing and some services related to testing evaluation, such as X-rays, a news release said.

People must be uninsured and meet citizenship and Utah residency requirements to qualify for the Medicaid coverage, according to the release. To be considered uninsured, people must not be on another public or private health care plan, such as Medicare or Veterans Health Administration benefits, the release said.

People can apply for Medicaid testing coverage by visiting medicaid.utah.gov/covid-19-uninsured-testing-coverage. A health department official will process the application within two to three business days.

If approved, people will receive a Medicaid card in the mail within several days, and the coverage will be backdated to the first day of the month in which they applied, the news release said.

More information about the program is available at the state’s Medicaid site, medicaid.utah.gov/covid-19-uninsured-testing-coverage.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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