PRESS RELEASE | January 05, 2023

Free COVID Tests for Older Adults as LeadingAge HHS Partnership Grows

Contact: Lisa Sanders 202-508-9407

Initiative Launched in December 2022 with focus on Section 202 Affordable Housing Residents

WHAT: Free COVID-19 test kits are now available to providers in all care settings and communities. LeadingAge members and nonmembers can sign up for kits on a weekly basis. 

WHEN: Effective today, Jan. 5, 2023, providers can apply to receive free test kits by signing up via a link on, here

HOW: Today’s news grows out of LeadingAge’s Dec. 22, 2022 announcement of its collaboration with the White House, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to provide free COVID test kits to residents of Section 202 Housing for the Elderly. 

As new COVID variants emerge, older adults – wherever they live – need access to COVID tests. LeadingAge’s expanded partnership with HHS helps its mission-driven, nonprofit members keep older adults and communities safe. 

“Our national team strives to support members’ efforts to serve residents and the growth of our partnership with HHS is a perfect example,” says Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services. “We are focused on what matters most and use our strong connections and relationships to fight for members and the people they serve.” 

About LeadingAge:

We represent more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we use applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building to make America a better place to grow old. Our membership, which now includes the providers of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, encompasses the continuum of services for people as they age, including those with disabilities. We bring together the most inventive minds in the field to lead and innovate solutions that support older adults wherever they call home. For more information visit