Fallon Health expands access to at-home Covid tests for its Medicare members

Not-for-profit health plan extends coverage beyond government requirements

Worcester, Mass., January 13, 2022— Fallon Health, a nationally recognized not-for-profit health care services organization, today announced it will begin covering over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for members—in both private and government-sponsored plans with pharmacy benefit—including Medicare. The decision, which takes federal guidance one step further, ensures that older adults in the communities Fallon serves have access to easy-to-use, at-home tests without any cost or approval.

“With Fallon, every member matters and no member is left behind,” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “Older adults have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Arming them with tools to protect themselves and their loved ones is not only the just thing, but it advances our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve by fighting the spread of COVID.”  

“While diagnostic COVID testing for our Medicare members is already covered when ordered by a health care professional, we recognize the many challenges and barriers facing older adults,” said David Brumley, M.D., Fallon’s Interim Chief Medical Officer and VP of Medical Affairs. “The most important thing we can do in this public health crisis is to ensure the broadest access to necessary services, and we believe this initiative will play an important role in that effort.”  

Melissa Randall
Corporate Communications Manager, Fallon Health

About Fallon Health
Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a community-focused not-for-profit health care services organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Committed to caring for those who need us most, we pride ourselves on providing coordinated, integrated care for older adults and for individuals with complex health needs. We serve as a provider of care through our Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Dedicated to delivering high quality health care, we are continually rated among the nation’s top health plans for member experience and service and clinical quality.