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Telehealth use remains high among rural, older Medicaid members in Florida

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Telehealth use remains high among rural, older Medicaid members in Florida

| 8/30/2022

Telehealth use remains high among rural, older Medicaid members in Florida

Among Medicaid patients in Florida, those in rural areas and older than 65 used telehealth more than their counterparts, highlighting the need for continued access to virtual care for vulnerable populations, according to a new report. The report, published by Elevance Health's Public Policy Institute, includes data from members enrolled in Florida's Simply Healthcare Medicaid plans. [Source: mHealth Intelligence]

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