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What is telehealth or telemedicine?

Telehealth — also called telemedicine, E-visits, and virtual check-ins — allows your doctor to provide care when you and the doctor are not in the same place. Using a phone, computer or other device with internet access, you and your doctor can talk live over the phone or video chat, send and receive messages, and use remote patient monitoring

What are the benefits of telehealth?

While not every doctor visit can be virtual, there are many benefits:

  • Reduces everyone’s risk of exposure to Covid-19

  • No need to commute, travel in bad weather, take as much time off from work, or arrange child care

  • Often able to see doctor more quickly

  • Ability to address health issues without leaving home

  • Easier access to specialists who live outside of your area


Is it covered?

Telehealth is covered by many insurance companies; contact your insurance company for information. Medicare covers some telehealth services, and Medicare Advantage plans may offer more telehealth benefits.


Resources on telehealth


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

National Institute on Aging 

Premier Health 

Kettering Health Network 

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