UnitedHealth to Roll Out Extensive Telemedicine Project

UnitedHealth's UnitedHealthcare subsidiary will initiate the "virtual care doctor's visits" to nearly 1 million health plan members in self-funded plans by the end of May. By Jan. 1, 2016, 20 million members in UnitedHealth's fully insured plans will have access to the network.

UnitedHealth Group is offering the widest health insurance coverage yet of doctor visits via telemedicine, offering access to three different medical care provider networks that connect physicians and patients via smart phone, tablet or computer.

UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer says 20 million Americans could access telemedicine and receive coverage for it by next year. The announcement raises the bar on covering “virtual” medical care, which gives patients access to a network of providers. Already, Cigna, Aetna, and other health plans have varying degrees of access for individual customers and employers to telehealth offering more services than ever to a public demanding quick access to digital health. UnitedHealth’s rivals are rapidly expanding their coverage of telemedicine, too.

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