You should not have any out-of-pocket costs for a COVID-19 test. Federal law requires public and private medical insurance companies to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing and treatment without charging patients any copays. If you want to get tested because you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, contact your doctor to request a test.
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You are told that getting an official test or treatment will affect your immigration status
Getting tested or treated for coronavirus will NOT affect your immigration status. COVID-19 testing and care services are not a public benefit under the public charge rule.
Your medical information is confidential. Your doctor is not allowed to share it with immigration officials.
For updates on COVID-19 for immigrant residents, visit the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs COVID-19 page.
You are offered a blood test to see if you are currently infected with COVID-19
You may have heard about blood tests for COVID-19. These are known as serology or antibody tests. They can show if you have had COVID-19 infection in the past. Serology tests should not be used on their own to tell if you are currently infected with COVID-19. You need another test for that, such as a swab test. Unfortunately there have been problems with serology tests and some of them are not reliable.
If the test is wrong, you may think that you have had COVID-19 in the past, when you actually haven’t. Even if the test is right, and it shows that you really do have antibodies, it is not yet known if you can get infected again or not.
If you are offered a COVID-19 blood test, ask questions, and make sure that your doctor explains what the test result does and does not mean. See our guidance on Corona virus serology antibody testing to learn more.