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How to get free at-home Covid-19 tests from the government

How do I order the tests?Go to and sign up. You'll need to enter your name, email and residential address. Orders will not be shipped to businesses.You should receive an email confirming your order and providing tracking information.Thousands of readers have told CNN that the process was easy and swift, taking only a few minutes. However, some have reported that they received a message that tests were already ordered for their address.How many tests can I get?Four tests will be shipped to each residential address, regardless of household size.When will I receive them?The US Postal Service will begin shipping the tests in late January, according to the website.The tests should ship within seven to 12 days, the White House has said.What if I need more than four tests or I can't wait for weeks to receive them?Most Americans with private insurance can buy home tests online or in stores and have them paid for at the time of purchase or get reimbursed by submitting a claim to their insurer.Insurers may set up a network of preferred stores, pharmacies and online retailers where consumers can receive tests at no cost up front. People could still buy tests outside that network, but insurers would only have to reimburse up to $12 for each one.Prescriptions aren't needed. You can get up to eight tests per covered individual per month.Medicare, however, is not reimbursing enrollees for home tests bought at retailers, leaving some senior citizens fuming.Also, many Americans have complained that they can't find Covid-19 tests because retailers and online vendors are sold out.What if I get an error message?In addition to getting messages that tests were already ordered for their address, some consumers are being told that their home addresses aren't valid.If you are having an issue placing the order, file a service request with the US Postal Service.