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Biden to mandate insurers reimburse for at-home rapid test for COVID; travelers must be screened

Added 12-02-21 06:03:02am EST - “President Biden will announce a sweeping plan Thursday to combat the coronavirus this winter, requiring all U.S.-bound travelers to present a negative test within a day of departure and forcing private insurers to reimburse enrollees…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Biden to require all U.S.-bound travelers to present negative COVID test, insurers to reimburse”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden will announce a sweeping plan Thursday to combat the coronavirus this winter, requiring all U.S.-bound travelers to present a negative test within a day of departure and forcing private insurers to reimburse enrollees for the cost of rapid at-home tests.

Administration officials said they will accept both rapid antigen tests and more sensitive “PCR” tests from travelers under the new rule, which takes effect early next week, but will take a test off its list of acceptable diagnostics if it doesn’t pass muster in detecting the newly discovered omicron variant.

Omicron is driving renewed concerns around the virus and Mr. Biden’s decision to address the nation on his plans to try and avoid a winter spike of COVID-19. Cases are rising rapidly in South Africa, where the variant was detected, and California reported the first omicron case in the U.S. in a traveler who came back from the African nation in late November.

The administration decided to forego any new rules on post-arrival testing or quarantine — provisions that had been under discussion but would have been difficult to implement.

The White House is not imposing testing rules on domestic flights but it is extending its mask mandate on those flights until March 18.

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