New COVID-19 test options available today for SMU employees

SMU is offering two additional resources for employees, their spouses and dependents who are seeking COVID-19 testing – a no-cost on-site testing option and insurance coverage for at-home test kits.

New on-campus testing option

Beginning today (January 20, 2022) on-site testing for COVID-19 will be available at no cost for SMU employees and spouses and their dependents at an east campus location. MyLabsDirect is providing PCR testing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at a drive-up parking site at Expressway Towers on 6116 North Central Expressway. MyLabsDirect also offers drive-up testing at several sites in the DFW area with no appointment required.

More details are available by visiting under the “MyLabsDirect” tab.

At-home tests ­– BCBSTX coverage and reimbursements

SMU’s health benefits provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), is providing coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests, as required by the federal government.Here is what you need to know to get your test for free:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) diagnostic tests must be FDA-authorized.
  • Costs are covered up to $12 per test purchased from an in-network pharmacy or through a direct-to-consumer shipping program.
  • Up to eight (8) tests are allowed per covered member, every 30 days.
  • No prescription or health assessment from a provider is required.

Visit under the “at-home tests ­­– BCBSTX” tab for more information and the shipping/reimbursement form.

These testing options are in addition to the Urgent Care for Children and Families services already available to SMU employees and their families. Remember, if you test positive (including using an at-home kit), please report the results to your supervisor and complete the SMU Health Reporting Form.