COVID-19 coverage in Rhode Island

Last updated January 29, 2024

Important updates

  • Member Cost-Sharing Update: If you are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan, the Internal Revenue Service requires COVID-19 testing and treatment to apply to the deductible starting with your plan's 2024 coverage effective date. If your coverage effective date was January 1, 2024, this requirement will take effect January 1, 2025. 
  • Coverage Update: Over-the-counter, at-home tests are no longer covered as of May 12, 2023. The federal public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023. 

COVID-19 coverage

Tufts Health Plan covers these services for COVID-19 when medically necessary and in accordance with plan documents and applicable Rhode Island and federal law.

Please note: Coverage may vary if you’re enrolled in a self-insured group health plan. Check with your employer for coverage details. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines1
    • In network: Covered in full
    • Out of network: Member cost sharing applies2
  • COVID-19 tests administered by providers
    • In network: Covered in full3
    • Out of network: Member cost sharing applies2
  • COVID-19 treatment and COVID-19 related telemedicine
    • In network: Member cost sharing applies2
    • Out of network: Member cost sharing applies2
  • Prior authorization
    • Tufts Health Plan is also reinstating prior authorization for services that require it
Woman opening a COVID-19 test at her desk

Free COVID-19 testing

There are several resources available through federal and state programs for free COVID-19 testing.

More about testing & coverage

The FDA has authorized the following two oral antiviral medications under emergency use authorization (EUA) for the treatment of certain cases of COVID-19. When prescribed and dispensed under the requirements of the EUA, one course of therapy can be provided at no charge to the member. Prescriber and pharmacy access is currently extremely limited; speak to your health care provider if you test positive for COVID-19 and believe you qualify for treatment.

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