COVID-19 testing and treatment
Assess your risk
You should get tested for COVID-19 if:
- You are feeling sick and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless or vaccination status or prior infection
- You’ve had close contact to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms
- You are unvaccinated and have taken part in activities that put yourself at higher risk for COVID-19 because you cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings
- You have been asked or referred to get tested by your healthcare provider, or state, tribal, local, or territorial health department
Find a testing site near you
COVID-19 test availability changes daily. Call the testing site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability, and hours.
- Visit a Providence testing location
- Visit your state, tribal, or local health department’s website to find a community testing event
- Visit your healthcare provider or public health department clinic
- Self-testing kits are available at local pharmacies if you and your healthcare provider think this is a good option for you
Currently, medically appropriate COVID-19 tests have a $0 cost-share. Medically appropriate COVID-19 tests are those that are either FDA authorized or approved and ordered or reviewed by a health care professional to either 1) diagnose due to symptoms or potential exposure, or 2) help in the treatment of the virus for a person. This benefit coverage applies to both in-network and out-of-network tests for Medicare Advantage, Individual (marketplace and direct) and employer-sponsored health plans.
- Providence generally does not cover COVID-19 testing for public health surveillance or employment purposes. State variations and regulations may apply.
- Remember to visit network health care providers and always show your Providence member ID card for COVID-19 testing or related services.
Treatment for COVID-19 for members who are not in the hospital
Treatment is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccines are the best protection from COVID-19.
COVID-19 treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies (mABs) have been issued emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA for members who are not hospitalized. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses.
- Members who are not hospitalized may qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment if you have COVID-19 with mild to moderate symptoms for 10 days or less and are at high risk for severe COVID-19.
- Members who are not hospitalized may qualify for monoclonal antibody post-exposure prophylaxis therapy, therapy after one has been exposed to COVID-19, if they are a vulnerable person (not fully vaccinated or immunocompromised) and are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.
If you recently tested positive for COVID-19 or were recently exposed to COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider to see if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you.
All patients testing positive for COVID-19 within Providence will be considered and reviewed for monoclonal antibody treatment.
If you test positive for COVID-19 outside of Providence, talk to your healthcare provider about monoclonal antibody therapy.
Find monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19
Members should first talk to their healthcare provider about monoclonal antibody therapy.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a call center available to answer questions and provide information related to monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments at the following phone numbers: 1-877-332-6585 (English language); 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish language).
- HHS also has a national map that displays locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibodies within the past several weeks. Members should talk to their healthcare provider before contacting a location to receive treatment.
As a Providence Health Plan member, all cost sharing for treatment of COVID-19 will be waived for service dates beginning April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. This applies to in-network inpatient, outpatient, facility and professional visits.
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