Testing Options

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 FREE at-home tests from USPS.com. Here's what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes #4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests (COVID.gov/tests has more details about at-home tests, including extended shelf life and updated expiration dates)

Have Medi-Cal? 
Follow these steps to receive free tests.

MyTurn.ca.gov to find testing

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More resources for testing

CA Testing Capture

Below are facilities offering testing in or near Sierra County. Many clinics offer Drive-Thru Testing options.

  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Loyalton) - (530) 993-1231
    • Monday thru Thursday by appointment
  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Portola)- (530) 832-6600 
    • Monday thru Friday by appointment
  • Plumas District Hospital (Quincy) - (530) 283-5640
  • Sierra Nevada Medical Center (Grass Valley) - (530) 274-6000
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee) - (530) 582-3450 
  • Western Sierra Medical Clinic (Downieville) - (530) 274-9762
  • Find Testing Near You Search Tools in California and Nevada

FAQs about payment for COVID-19 testing:

1. Must health plans cover COVID-19 testing? 

Yes. Health plans must cover COVID-19 tests that are FDA approved or authorized, or approved by the state, without prior authorization and at no cost to the enrollee. This includes follow-up (serial/sequential) tests. This requirement applies to such tests administered by a skilled nursing facility.  Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests (January 10, 2022)

2. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 apply to testing for asymptomatic individuals? 

Yes. Health plans must cover testing for COVID-19 and may not deny coverage based on lack of medical necessity. Please refer to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) for additional information. 

3. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to commercial, Medi-Cal, and Medicare Advantage plans? 

Yes. All of these plans must cover COVID-19 testing, without prior authorization, and at no cost to the enrollee. Similarly, recent guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also requires coverage of COVID-19 tests for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare coverage. 

4. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to self-funded, employer plans (also known as ERISA plans)? 

Yes. Self-funded employer plans also are required to cover COVID-19 testing and screening without cost to the enrollee, and without prior authorization. Please refer to the CARES Act for additional information.