PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) — With so many people currently looking for COVID-19 testing, a Portland man decided to make it easier for people to find them by designing a website to check the availability of home tests from multiple sites follow who they sell.
Not everyone can or will drive to the nearest pharmacy to look for a home test and then hope they have it in stock.
“I think it’s nice for people to know there’s a place where they can find a test that they can send to them,” Scott Krager told FOX 12.
Krager launched a new website on Wednesday evening. It tracks 17 tests and refreshes every 60 seconds from multiple online retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid.
The site states whether they are in stock and what the price is.
“I’m just a little lazy sometimes and I don’t want to have 20 browsers open, so I built the software to basically let the robots do everything refreshing for me,” Krager said.
The Northwest native graduated from Clackamas High School, worked as an EMS and volunteered with a mobile vaccination team in Multnomah County. He says family and friends kept asking him over the holidays where to find home tests before getting together, and he realized a site like his could really help.
As of Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks set to cut costs and make testing for the virus easier amid mounting frustrations.
“People say it’s really helpful for them — just to be able to quickly find a home test that’s actually in stock,” he said.
Krager does get a small commission when people buy tests from Amazon or Walmart. To view Krager’s site, click here.
Starting Saturday, the Biden administration will require insurance companies to reimburse people up to $12 per test, for up to eight COVID-19 tests per month.
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