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Any person in Massachusetts that wishes to be tested for COVID-19 may be tested. However, this does not mean that insurance will cover the cost of the test and we are finding that most commercial payers are NOT set up for pharmacies to provide rapid COVID tests at this time. MetroWest Pharmacy will provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance. MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD ACCEPT IT FOR MANUAL SUBMISSION.
MetroWest Pharmacy recommends COVID-19 testing be performed in accordance with guidelines from Massachusetts State, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the manufacturers of the testing kits. If a patient is tested outside of state or federal guidelines, or any additional guidelines issued by their insurance company, the patient will be responsible for all charges associated with the test.
Many commercial payers have restrictions on COVID-19 testing and as such are not covering COVID testing for screening and assessment of asymptomatic patients for purposes such as travel advisories, employer mandates, back to school requirements, visits to nursing homes, or research. Please check the website of your insurance company for the most up to date information.
MetroWest Pharmacy recommends patients schedule testing based on the timing of the development of symptoms associated with COVID-19, at least 2-3 days after symptoms have developed. According to the CDC, and based on preliminary data, the median incubation period and time to symptom onset is approximately 5 days from exposure but may range anywhere between 2-14 days.
There may be free testing sites available from the Department of Health, check with your local Health Department for more details.
Anyone who is symptomatic should remain in isolation until COVID-19 has been ruled out.
Due to a high demand for testing, we ask that patients NOT book appointments as placeholders. We will reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee for any no shows or cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.
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