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USA Today: How Easy Will Health Insurers Make it to Get Free, At-Home COVID-19 Tests?

The White House announced new measures to make at-home tests more readily available beginning in January. Unfortunately, a lot of questions remain as to how health insurers will pay for the over-the-counter tests. USA Today recently spoke with Rena Conti, Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy, & Law to discuss the issues surrounding barriers to access.

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December 29, 2021

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surging through the country, access to timely testing is becoming a major constraint to heading off the surge. The White House announced new measures to make at-home tests more readily available beginning in January. Unfortunately, a lot of questions remain as to how health insurers will pay for the over-the-counter tests. USA Today recently spoke with Rena Conti, Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy, & Law to discuss the issues surrounding barriers to access.

“If consumers face out-of-pocket costs, even if they’re relatively cheap, the likelihood is that they won’t use the tests.”

Rena Conti
Associate Professor of MARKETS, PUBLIC POLICY, & LAW

Rena M. Conti is an Associate Professor at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. From 2006 through June 2018, Professor Conti was an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Chicago Medical School and the Harris School of Public Policy. She is a health economist and her research focuses on the organization, financing and regulation of medical care. She has written extensively on the pricing, demand and supply of prescription drugs.