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Growing Oscar Health Touts Telemedicine Primary Care Option

July 30, 2020, 12:01 PM

Oscar Health is starting a telemedicine primary care plan that enrollees can use without paying anything extra.

Members in Texas, Florida, California, New York, and California, where about 75% of the New York-based company’s customers reside, will be able to choose the” virtual” primary care plans with no additional out-of-pocket costs, the company said Thursday. Oscar operates in 15 states and has about 420,000 members. It has plans to expand for 2021.

Use of telemedicine has skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and health insurers are embracing it. Telehealth is usually less expensive than in-person visits.

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