Access to Telemedicine Expanded

On March 12, 2020, Gov. Whitmer announced that her administration is expanding access to telemedicine for Michigan residents. Effective immediately, Medicaid beneficiaries are able to receive services in their home while the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 continue. In addition, certain insurance plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, Meridian, CVS Health, McLaren and Health Alliance Plan likewise announced that they will cover virtual care and telemedicine, and that they will waive cost sharing for COVID-19 testing.

Further, Gov. Whitmer urged the Trump administration to allow for a special enrollment period under the ACA to allow for more individuals to sign up for coverage with the hopes of mitigating the spread of the virus.

Employers with employees in Michigan should confirm with their carriers, as applicable, when addressing questions regarding health insurance coverage and COVID-19.

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