Beginning September 25, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Please visit https://www.covid.gov/tests for more information.
As the COVID public health emergency comes to an end on July 1, 2023, MedStar Family Choice will be applying the following:
1. COVID treatment, vaccines, and testing will no longer be reimbursed if it occurs with an out-of-network provider unless there is an authorization. COVID treatment, vaccines, and testing will continue to be available for all MedStar Family Choice members if received within our provider network.
2. The emergency prescription overrides timeframe will decrease from 14 days back to the normal 3 days for emergency overrides needed on the weekends or holidays.
Testing, Treatment, Vaccinations
Even if your PCP is not a part of MedStar Health, we recommend that you call your PCP to see if the office offers the vaccine.
When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, we want you to have information available about the vaccines available to you. Please visit for what you need to know to make an informed decision. MedStar Health hosted Facebook Live events with physicians and researchers who answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free to all MedStar Family Choice Members and there are several ways you and your family can get the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a vaccination clinic near you:
- Call 855-MD-GOVAX
- Contact your closest pharmacy – many participating pharmacies are offering vaccine to adults
- Talk to your Primary care Doctor
- Check out our Facebook page for vaccination events near you
And even if you are currently fully vaccinated, getting a booster is important to help maintain your immunity against getting COVID-19. Everyone 5 years and older can receive a booster. The timing of the booster depends on which vaccine you received. Click here for more information on boosters. Individuals with medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, on medications that suppress the immune system, asthma and others should get a booster. Check with your PCP if you are not sure whether a booster is right for you.
In addition, to testing locations, each MedStar Family Choice member is entitled to 4 COVID home tests every 30 days. You can go to the pharmacy to obtain your tests at no charge. To find a testing location near you or more information on testing, please visit the
Did you know that there are now many different treatment options for COVID-19 if or your family test positive for COVID-19?
1. Oral medication (pills)- Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir) and molnupiravir are two pills that people can take if they are at risk for severe COVID-19. Paxlovid is approved for people 12 years and older. Lagevrio (molnupiravir) is approved for people 18 years and older. Treatment should start within 5 days of having symptoms.
2. Intravenous infusion- You may have heard a lot about monoclonal antibodies. This is an IV infusion that takes 1-2 hours in total (includes some monitoring time). There are locations throughout the state that offer this treatment. Those who are 12 years and older and at risk of severe COVID-19 are eligible. Treatment should start within 5 days of having symptoms.
3. Intravenous infusion- Remdesivir- This is another infusion option for high-risk individuals 12 years and older but can also be used in some high-risk children below the age of 12. This treatment includes three infusions over a three-day period. Treatment should start within 5 days of having symptoms.
Test to Treat Program
There are more than 80 sites in Maryland participating in this federal Test to Treat(T2T) program. This initiative was created to give access to potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments for all. Through T2T, people can get a rapid COVID-19 test and if they test positive and treatments are appropriate for them, they can immediately receive a prescription and have it filled all at one location. There may be a charge associated with these services at commercial pharmacies, but State Center services are offered Monday through Saturday, at no cost to the patient, and insurance is not required. Please visit the Maryland Department of Health CovidLink page for more information.
These treatment options require a referral or prescription from a provider. If you test positive and want to receive one of the treatments above, you can call your primary care provider. They will ask you questions to determine whether you are considered at risk and qualify for one of the treatment options.
If you’ve taken an at-home test, you can also reach out to MedStar eVisit. A provider will obtain additional information about your health history, determine if you are high risk and should receive a treatment and if so, discuss which treatment option is best for you and get your treatment ordered. If you went to an urgent care center and had a positive test, the urgent care center will help direct you to available treatment options. No matter where you may have received your positive COVID-19 test result, MedStar eVisit is available 24 hours / 7 days a week to help you find possible treatment options.
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