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About COVID-19 Testing Costs

Some Minnesotans are experiencing financial barriers to get tested for COVID-19. Some are getting charged for the test, while others are not getting tested because they don’t have insurance.
 
This pandemic is already hard to live through. Getting charged for a COVID-19 test when you shouldn’t is stressful. We share your concerns and want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make this process easier.
 
For those who do not have insurance, we now have temporary Community Testing sites where testing is free, you don’t have to be symptomatic, you can walk in or drive in, you don’t need to show ID, and you get the results within 2-3 days. These testing sites are listed on our website and are updated 1-2 times per week with upcoming event details. 
 
Finally, we know how important testing is for the safety of all Minnesotans. That is why, we are also looking at what can be done with the healthcare systems so we can have long-term solutions to support people who need to get tested in our state.
 

What should you do if...

 
You have health insurance and get charged by your health insurer for a COVID test.
  • Call the Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center at 651-539-1600 (Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM).
 
You do not have health insurance and you get charged for a COVID test.
  • Call the State of MN Help Line at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 (Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM) and select the option for the Health Department.
 
You pay a bill from a provider to make an appointment for a COVID test or for the office visit.
  • Call your health insurance company to seek reimbursement for the charge if your doctor ordered the COVID test.
 
Your employer requires you to get tested and you get a charge.
  • Call the Department of Labor and Industry at 651-284-5075 or 1-800-342-5354
  • Call the Attorney General’s office at 651-296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787
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