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Attorney General Alert: The Cost of COVID-19 Testing

LITTLE ROCK — Throughout the pandemic, testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a vital tool for controlling the spread of the disease and ensuring that Arkansans can safely continue with their daily lives. The State of Arkansas has recently obtained 1.5 million rapid at-home COVID-19 tests that are available to Arkansans free of charge. For a list of locations where the at-home tests are available, visit the Health Department’s website.

For those not wanting to test at home, there are still COVID-19 testing sites located all across the state. All of the county health units in Arkansas, as well as several Arkansas hospitals and local independent pharmacies, offer testing for COVID-19 to Arkansans at no cost. However, at other testing locations, there may be an out-of-pocket charge. Before seeking a test, Arkansans should call the testing site of their choice and educate themselves on the costs associated with different types of COVID-19 tests, as well as the time needed to obtain a result and the tests’ reliability.

“Arkansans should know their financial obligation before they receive a COVID-19 test,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “If you choose to get tested, ask a few questions to ensure that you are not left with unexpected medical bills.”

Before seeking a COVID-19 test, consumers should know the answers to these questions:

  • Are appointments required?
  • What fees are associated with testing at this site?
  • Does this testing site accept insurance?
  • How long will it take for results to be returned?
  • How are test results provided?
  • What number should be called if test results are not received in the time expected?

If you wish to file a complaint against a business, contact the Attorney General’s office by calling (800) 482-8982, emailing consumer@arkansasag.gov, or visiting ArkansasAG.gov

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