Coronavirus Updates: Medicare Expands Telehealth Coverage

Medicare is temporarily expanding  coverage of telehealth services to respond to COVID-19 Medicare recipients can use telehealth services for common office visits, mental health counseling and preventive health screenings. This will help ensure Medicare beneficiaries are able to visit with their doctor from their home, without having to go to a doctor’s office or hospital, which puts themselves and others at risk. Patients who have scheduled appointments, Medicare suggests they call ahead first to see if the appointment can be conducted over a phone or other device.

  • Suffolk County residents  can sign up or SMS text updates through their mobile devices to receive the latest developments and health guidance relating to COVID-19.  This information is being updated regularly by Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) —Text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283
  • Harvard Global Health Institute has projected the effect of a surge of COVID-19 patients on hospitals. 

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