COVID-19 Tests: PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests

Not sure which type of test to use? Read COVID-19 Testing: PCR or Rapid Antigen Tests.

COVID-19 PCR Testing

Yale Health spouses, dependents, and retirees covered by Aetna Medicare:

  • Self-schedule their COVID-19 test through Yale New Haven Health (YNHH). An order is not needed from your Primary Care Provider.  
  • This designated Yale Health scheduling portal must be used, not the general scheduling link on the YNHH website. This will ensure that test results come back to your Primary Care Provider at Yale Health.
  • Bookmark this scheduling portal link for easy access.

Yale faculty, staff, and students:

Read more about the Yale COVID-19 Testing Program.

At-Home Rapid Antigen Test Kits*

From Yale Health as your insurance provider

Yale Health has developed two options for its members to receive at-home test kits at no cost:

Option One: No Up-front Cost Pickup at Yale Health Center. At-home test kits are covered for Yale Health members at no cost through the pharmacy benefit. To utilize this option, members are required to complete this online request form. The pharmacy will process orders so that tests can be picked up by noon the next business day. Please note that this option is largely dependent upon the availability of home test kits for purchase by Yale Health Pharmacy and may be subject to change based on stock.

  • NEW PICKUP LOCATION: Between the hours of 11am - 6pm (Mon-Fri) & 10am - 3pm (Sat). Upon entering Yale Health Center, follow the signs toward Moreson H. Kaplan Conference Center (across from Internal Medicine on the first floor), and look for Training Room #1173 (across the hall). 
  • NOTE: This option is not available to Medicare patients or students who waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty coverage, however, tests are available for purchase at the Yale Health Pharmacy (while supplies last).

Option Two: Reimbursement - Yale Health will cover the purchase of over the counter, at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests without cost sharing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. A prescription or clinical assessment from a health care provider is not required. To utilize this option, follow this process:

  1. Purchase an EUA-authorized at home COVID-19 test kit from a retailer.
  2. Retain your receipt.
  3. Submit for reimbursement by completing this COVID-19 At-Home Test Claim FormThese claims will be processed through our Magellan Rx Management pharmacy network.
  4. Yale Health will reimburse up to $12 per test for up to 8 tests per 30 days per covered family member. For example, if you purchased a box of 2 test kits from a retailer (e.g., Amazon or CVS) for $24 and submit your claim you will receive $24. If you bought a different box of 2 test kits for $35, you will still only be reimbursed for $24.

Examples of EUA-authorized at-home COVID-19 tests include, but are not limited to:


Guidance for other groups of patients who are not covered by Yale Health:

  • Students who have waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage should seek reimbursement from their primary insurance provider.
  • Medicare patients looking for tests at no cost can do so through pharmacies or health care providers that can bill Medicare Part B. You may need to provide your red, white and blue Medicare card. For more information, visit the Medicare website or call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).
  • University employees who have Aetna or outside coverage will need to seek guidance and reimbursement from Aetna or their outside insurance carrier.

*Please check back often as the procedure and options are subject to change.

Updated December 12, 2022