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2022-01-11 8:40:38 AM  
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2022-01-11 8:42:39 AM  
farking hell. Just ship a box of 50 to every home in America and set up a web portal to reorder when needed.
 
2022-01-11 8:57:19 AM  
Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.
 
2022-01-11 9:11:52 AM  
Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.
 
2022-01-11 9:13:59 AM  

RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.


With a $30 co-pay.
 
2022-01-11 9:42:18 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.


Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?
 
2022-01-11 10:05:31 AM  

BizarreMan: RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.

With a $30 co-pay.


*$300. What are you, Canadian?
 
2022-01-11 10:06:24 AM  

BizarreMan: RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.

With a $30 co-pay.


I'd love a copay. New hotness is x number of visits then 100% until your deductible is met. Which is pointless deflection given it's impossible to get an appointment in under a month.
 
2022-01-11 10:08:16 AM  

cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?


If one of my kids has the sniffles, that means I have to keep all three home until we have a negative test or two weeks elapse. Vax or no vax people need to have easy (and free) access to tests.

/just spent a fortune on tests from Amazon. Hopefully they're here before the kids retire.
 
2022-01-11 10:09:48 AM  
crazy how this wasn't a thing from day 1.
 
2022-01-11 10:09:58 AM  
Let me simplify it.  You have Covid. We all have covid.
 
2022-01-11 10:13:20 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?

If one of my kids has the sniffles, that means I have to keep all three home until we have a negative test or two weeks elapse. Vax or no vax people need to have easy (and free) access to tests.

/just spent a fortune on tests from Amazon. Hopefully they're here before the kids retire.


If you're using the daily testing dodge as an excuse to not get vaxxed, it shouldn't be covered. That's just passing the bill onto everyone else when the vaccine is free.
 
2022-01-11 10:13:53 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.


I would bet this is going to be to cover unvaccinated workers once the mandate goes into effect.  So large employers will hire a 3rd party company to send out a nurse to perform the tests and bill the insurance company.

I mean really, if you don't trust the results of your last 7 antigen tests, you should probably get a lab test.
 
2022-01-11 10:13:56 AM  
I love that vaccine denial is the new hot rebel fashion for fat, dumb rednecks.

The only thing lazier would be protesting forks so they can just shovel food into their fat faces with their grubby, gun oil stained hands.
 
2022-01-11 10:14:50 AM  
Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit

Thing is, I can't "just bill the insurance" when Joe Quarterkeg grabs one off the shelf and wants it covered.  I'll need a prescription to run through the insurance and hope the NDC is on file for whatever random test the warehouse sent us.  If not a prescription, we'd need a protocol MD like we have for immunizations, covid testing, and Narcan.  It'd be a 15-20 minute process of billing, getting through the rejections (person code? SCC code? drop the first three letters of the ID#? did they already get four at another pharmacy?), and filling/pharmacist verification.


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2022-01-11 10:15:03 AM  

Monocultured: BizarreMan: RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.

With a $30 co-pay.

I'd love a copay. New hotness is x number of visits then 100% until your deductible is met. Which is pointless deflection given it's impossible to get an appointment in under a month.


Imagine having insurance.
 
2022-01-11 10:16:31 AM  

Monocultured: capt.snicklefritz: cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?

If one of my kids has the sniffles, that means I have to keep all three home until we have a negative test or two weeks elapse. Vax or no vax people need to have easy (and free) access to tests.

/just spent a fortune on tests from Amazon. Hopefully they're here before the kids retire.

If you're using the daily testing dodge as an excuse to not get vaxxed, it shouldn't be covered. That's just passing the bill onto everyone else when the vaccine is free.


I agree with you on that point. Our youngest is too young for the vaccine. And the school district isn't keeping vaccine records for covid. So if someone is sick, it's testing time regardless of vax status.
 
2022-01-11 10:18:42 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit

Thing is, I can't "just bill the insurance" when Joe Quarterkeg grabs one off the shelf and wants it covered.  I'll need a prescription to run through the insurance and hope the NDC is on file for whatever random test the warehouse sent us.  If not a prescription, we'd need a protocol MD like we have for immunizations, covid testing, and Narcan.  It'd be a 15-20 minute process of billing, getting through the rejections (person code? SCC code? drop the first three letters of the ID#? did they already get four at another pharmacy?), and filling/pharmacist verification.


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Lol, POS pharmacy billing sounds farking awful.

I am doing chemo billing for a cancer hospital now, which is also farking awful.
 
2022-01-11 10:19:06 AM  

Monocultured: BizarreMan: RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.

With a $30 co-pay.

I'd love a copay. New hotness is x number of visits then 100% until your deductible is met. Which is pointless deflection given it's impossible to get an appointment in under a month.


The home kits were $15-$25, depending on retailer. A $30 co-pay is not an improvement.

Luckily the word is FREE

cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?


This isn't about daily testing. This is 8 tests a month max, (i.e. twice a week). Most will not need or use that, but it would have been great had they made this an option say, oh... last Halloween so people could have regularly tested during the holidays.
 
2022-01-11 10:19:24 AM  
but testing is what causes covid!


(this is what republicans actually believe)
 
2022-01-11 10:20:39 AM  

Monocultured: capt.snicklefritz: cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?

If one of my kids has the sniffles, that means I have to keep all three home until we have a negative test or two weeks elapse. Vax or no vax people need to have easy (and free) access to tests.

/just spent a fortune on tests from Amazon. Hopefully they're here before the kids retire.

If you're using the daily testing dodge as an excuse to not get vaxxed, it shouldn't be covered. That's just passing the bill onto everyone else when the vaccine is free.


I think you triggered on the "vax" thing misread the intent of the post.  The real value of these tests is that it helps a family go about their normal lives when one person gets the sniffles.  With no test, even vaccinated folks should quarantine when one has sniffles.

electricjebus: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

I would bet this is going to be to cover unvaccinated workers once the mandate goes into effect.  So large employers will hire a 3rd party company to send out a nurse to perform the tests and bill the insurance company.

I mean really, if you don't trust the results of your last 7 antigen tests, you should probably get a lab test.


Good.  If I can't trust your ass to get vaccinated I can't trust your ass to accurately take a COVID test.  My company already released their internal draft COVID SOP and it includes language that unvaxed employees will be tested by a certified external lab or onsite by a designee of the local safety manager.
 
2022-01-11 10:21:23 AM  
So people who can find them will get them for free, and then can resell online for $50 a test.
 
2022-01-11 10:21:32 AM  
I don't know if there is a point to testing at this point. Those who give a shiat and would test are the ones who are vaccinated and have no issue wearing masks, meaning even if they are positive, their behaviors and minimally likely to spread COVID.

It's the assholes who aren't vaccinated and who will fight you on mask-wearing. They wouldn't test anyway, and as long as they are out there, the only way forward is to plow through.
 
2022-01-11 10:24:44 AM  
Pffft how silly. Everyone can just drink their own pee to prevent covid, remember?
 
2022-01-11 10:35:55 AM  
Even fully vaxxed and boosted, it's nice to have some tests available. I have family / friends wanting to visit and / or be visited in the next few months (scheduled before all this Omicron), so it's nice to have tests on hand. I ordered a few from Amazon and the package showed up a little mauled, I'm not sure if any exposure to air from rips or tears in the card packaging affect the accuracy? Ordered more but they're a few weeks delayed.

I've tried doing the community testing stuff, the only two walk-in places I could find were out of tests by the time I got through the line, and the rest were scheduling at least a week out (the big one at the airport was booked into next month). There's some kind of mail-order PCR one, but it seems like you have to wait for it to ship, call an MD on Zoom so they can teach you how to stick the q-tip in your nose, then mail it back and wait. If they want people to actually use tests it probably needs to be less of a hassle than that.
 
2022-01-11 10:40:16 AM  

cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?


Sometimes you need them for travel purposes.
 
2022-01-11 10:44:36 AM  

RogermcAllen: Monocultured: capt.snicklefritz: cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: .

I think you triggered on the "vax" thing misread the intent of the post.  The real value of these tests is that it helps a family go about their normal lives when one person gets the sniffles.  With no test, even vaccinated folks should quarantine when one has sniffles.


Or I just understand that shiatty people gaming the system, taking advantage of good intentions and hoarding as a result is a key source of shortages to begin with. It's a base behavior for this particular variety of selfish misanthropy.
 
2022-01-11 10:45:41 AM  

cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?


You test to see if you are negative as well as positive.
Negative test can get you out of quarantine
Covid is shaping behaviour because catching it has consequences
Kinda like stupid has consequences for more than just the stupid
 
2022-01-11 10:53:28 AM  
Ours are being shipped to our local pharmacy.  We can pick them up later this week.  They are free.

Guess where we are?

I can't imagine having to deal with "the best health care system in the world". TM
 
2022-01-11 10:54:29 AM  
This will surely help with the shortage and not cause people to just grab free shiat.
 
2022-01-11 10:55:49 AM  

Numberlady2: Ours are being shipped to our local pharmacy.  We can pick them up later this week.  They are free.

Guess where we are?

I can't imagine having to deal with "the best health care system in the world". TM


We have plenty of free in person testing, they will mail you PCR's you can do virtually, and many places are giving out rapid tests for free.

The problem is numbnuts are hording them, or think they need to test every day.
 
2022-01-11 10:58:16 AM  
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Little farking late.
 
2022-01-11 11:02:36 AM  
I wonder how your people are getting tests that don't need them. I get it if you need to show your job you don't have it but you're not vaccinated so you need to do it. And how many people are going because they just don't know better. And if you're sick just stay the heck home.
What do I know.
 
2022-01-11 11:05:58 AM  
>Subby: "Heaven forbid we leave the middleman out of this"

Let me assure you, those middlemen would really prefer not to have to pay for this, and would prefer not to be blamed by their customers for not providing them with tests that are simply not to be had.

The deal should have been, "If you're vaxxed, your tests are covered. If you're not...I guess urine trouble."
 
2022-01-11 11:15:18 AM  

R.O.U.S: Even fully vaxxed and boosted, it's nice to have some tests available. I have family / friends wanting to visit and / or be visited in the next few months (scheduled before all this Omicron), so it's nice to have tests on hand. I ordered a few from Amazon and the package showed up a little mauled, I'm not sure if any exposure to air from rips or tears in the card packaging affect the accuracy? Ordered more but they're a few weeks delayed.

I've tried doing the community testing stuff, the only two walk-in places I could find were out of tests by the time I got through the line, and the rest were scheduling at least a week out (the big one at the airport was booked into next month). There's some kind of mail-order PCR one, but it seems like you have to wait for it to ship, call an MD on Zoom so they can teach you how to stick the q-tip in your nose, then mail it back and wait. If they want people to actually use tests it probably needs to be less of a hassle than that.


If the box is ripped open it doesn't matter. If the interior plastic package is torn then you have garbage.
 
2022-01-11 11:40:25 AM  

Headso: crazy how this wasn't a thing from day 1.


Eliminating the middleman is never as simple as it sounds. ... 'Bout 50% of the human race is middlemen, and they don't take kindly to being eliminated.
 
2022-01-11 11:44:59 AM  

Monocultured: capt.snicklefritz: cretinbob: Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.

Yeah, it's a scam
There's no need to test oneself every day.
If you're sick, you're sick.
If you need to go to the hospital, go to the hospital.
get farking vaccinated.
They are telling people they need to so someone can make money off of the stuff they had to invent. They are shaping behavior.
Don't be shaped.
Buy them if you want to, but do you really need to?

If one of my kids has the sniffles, that means I have to keep all three home until we have a negative test or two weeks elapse. Vax or no vax people need to have easy (and free) access to tests.

/just spent a fortune on tests from Amazon. Hopefully they're here before the kids retire.

If you're using the daily testing dodge as an excuse to not get vaxxed, it shouldn't be covered. That's just passing the bill onto everyone else when the vaccine is free.


Yeah

There are certainly some circumstances it's needed, but there are people who will abuse it to get out of getting vaxxed, and there are people who are obsessive about such things and have the potential to be prey.
I just see a whole new scam industry being assembled.
 
2022-01-11 11:47:09 AM  

FlashHarry: farking hell. Just ship a box of 50 to every home in America and set up a web portal to reorder when needed.


But if it goes inside my FIL's house by accident, he and his dumb wife will turn into Tron, be sterilized, and die.

The tests are a plot to steal their DNA. Dr. Fauci will sell it to AOC for reasons.
 
2022-01-11 1:02:16 PM  
We're gonna bureaucracy the shiat out of you for the economy...
 
2022-01-11 1:15:35 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Coverage doesn't mean shiat if you can't find any.


Yep, checked 4 pharmacies week before last and not a one. Drove downtown the next day for the free tests at the civic center parking lot.

/negative
//not really worried
///boosted week before Thanksgiving
 
2022-01-11 1:37:46 PM  
Kid got sent home yesterday with a sore throat, so she's out for the rest of the week. The other class in her same grade level all got sent home for 10 days of remote learning yesterday, and they totally comingle, so we figure the same thing is about to happen with her class. By completely dumb luck I got her a lab test appointment today at 1230 (next available is Friday) but results take 3 to 4 days. So we're just playing a dumb waiting game and will assume that if she has it we all have it.
 
2022-01-11 2:34:08 PM  
here where i live in germany, there's a test center every block it seems like. they even converter our city brothel into one.

you need to be vaxed/boosted or vaxed plus tested to do pretty much anything so they have test centers set up everywhere so you can take one when you get into town, then go shopping and go out to eat and stuff, since everywhere you go you have to be masked, and show proof of vax, proof of booster/ neg. test w/in 24hrs.

no appt. necessary, and results mailed to your email in 15mins or so which you can either print or show on your phone.

you walk up to the centers, scan a QR code with your phone, fill out a form on your phone, get nose raped, leave, walk about 100m and then your results are in.

tests are all free.

i dont know how i can cope with this socialist tyranny. i'd give anything for a soul crushing medical bill right now and a nice school shooting to remind me that i'm free.
 
2022-01-11 4:41:31 PM  

RolandTGunner: Home test kits now cost $1000 each, manufacturers blame inflation.


Really? Last night  I ordered 2 boxes of 2 tests from CVS at $25 a piece, by your post I could make $3,950 on re-sale, but somehow I doubt it. They should be here Friday and my wife and kid both got tested twice today first a rapid response test at the doctor's office and a second PCR test at the country drive through facility, both were free.  

The ONLY retailer I saw that had them 1) in stock and 2) charging a grand a box, was a single listing on Amazon; I don't consider that the whole of the manufacturing and retail sales for the tests.
 
2022-01-11 4:45:06 PM  
Here's the link to their $10 test, you can only order 6 at time, but they're in stock. 

The $25 one I got is now out of stock, but even their most expensive one is $125.

https://www.cvs.com/shop/flowflex-covid-19-antigen-home-test-prodid-823994
 
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