By Associated Press - Saturday, July 11, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications to reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance.

Tests provided by healthcare providers enrolled in Healthy Connections Medicaid on or after March 18 are covered through the new COVID-19 Limited Benefit Program, the agency announced this week.

The program was authorized by Congress in March through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing financial support to increase testing access as part of the state’s pandemic response, the agency said in a news release Tuesday.

Uninsured South Carolina residents who provide a Social Security number and have a qualifying citizenship or immigration status are eligible for reimbursement.

Current Healthy Connections Medicaid members do not need to apply for the new program.

The program accompanies other free COVID-19 testing resources provided by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Applications for the limited benefit program can be found online.

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