Over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 at-home test kits

The Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 will expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023, however the Rural Carrier Benefit Plan will continue offering over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. 

What’s covered?

The Rural Carrier Benefit Plan (RCBP) will cover up to four (4) OTC COVID-19 diagnostic antigen rapid home tests per 30-day period for each person covered under your plan. For example, a family of four covered under the RCBP could be reimbursed for up to 16 tests per 30-day period.

Note: Each test is counted separately even if multiple tests are sold in a single kit. So, if you buy one kit that includes two tests, we’ll reimburse you for up to two kits.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Tests must be approved, cleared or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • These tests don’t require an order from your physician to qualify for reimbursement. Tests that are ordered by a provider are not subject to the reimbursement limit.
  • Tests must be used to diagnose a potential COVID-19 infection. Tests used for employment, school or recreational purposes are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • You will be reimbursed $12 for each at-home test or the amount you paid out-of-pocket – whichever is lower.

How do I get reimbursed?

Download the form below and mail to: Aetna, P.O. Box 981106, El Paso, TX  79998-1106.

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Important: Use your Aetna ID that starts with a “W.”  If you have any questions on filling out the form, please call 1-800-638-8432.

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It’s easy to opt in (with Aetna®)

Visit AetnaRetireeHealth.com/RCBP or call 1-866-241-0262 (TTY: 711) Monday–Friday, 8 AM–8 PM ET to opt-in to the Aetna Medicare Advantage for RCBP.

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