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COVID-19 Patient Education

COVID-19 Patient Education

Patient education resources for your office or communications channels below. For patient vaccine resources, visit our COVID-19 Vaccines page.

Stay Up to Date on Medical Care and Routine Screenings

During COVID-19, many Americans have deferred or delayed getting medical care. WSMA President Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, talks about why it's so important to stay up to date on your medical care and routine screenings.

Safe Masking for High-Risk Individuals

WSMA President Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, on who should continue to wear a mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, and how to choose the best mask for you.

Patient Handouts/Downloads on COVID-19

The following patient handouts and many others are available in multiple languages on the Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations page.

Life after vaccination

Washington's Life After Vaccine webpages explain which activities and behaviors are safe for fully vaccinated people vs. those who are not yet vaccinated.

Multilingual COVID-19 patient resources

For patients who don't speak English, state and public agencies offer COVID-19 educational resources in multiple languages.

How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

The Washington State Department of Health recommends testing anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Review the DOH's frequently asked questions about testing to learn more about who should be tested, what to do if you test positive, the types of tests (PCR and antibody), and more.

Costs for COVID-19 testing

If you have insurance and are symptomatic, there should be no cost to you as a patient for the COVID-19 lab test. Patients who do not have insurance should ask their physician or provider about using the HRSA portal to bill for the test: COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement.

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner is working with insurance carriers across all the populations they purchase for, including Medicaid (Apple Health), public employees, and school employees, to waive the costs association with COVID-19 testing. Learn more on OIC's website.

If you don't have health insurance, visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to find out if you qualify for free health coverage through Apple Health, Washington's Medicaid program, or if you qualify to purchase individual health insurance under specific circumstances. Find answers to frequently asked questions about getting coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Washington State Department of Health offers more information about costs for COVID-19 testing in Washington state.

Where to get tested

To make it easier to find a test near you, the Department of Health has created a new webpage to help people find COVID-19 testing locations throughout the state.

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