North Carolina, Raleigh – People who test positive for COVID-19 who do not have health insurance or primary care, and have severe symptoms or are at-risk patients, may be able to get better access to treatment through a new temporary free “telemedicine” program. Will be able
This time-limited “telemedicine” program to treat COVID-19 is the result of a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and StarMed Healthcare.
According to the NCDHHS, after testing positive, receiving early treatment is a key factor in avoiding serious illness and hospitalization.
It can also reduce the complications of the latter conditions which are also known as long covid.
More than 1 million uninsured people could benefit
According to NCDHHS Secretary Cody H. Kinsley, more than one million people in North Carolina do not have health insurance.
This has made it difficult for many people to seek care for COVID-19 as well as other illnesses
“This program provides temporary support for caregivers to many people from rural and historically marginalized communities,” said the secretary.
“However, we still need to make long-term investments to close this health insurance coverage gap,” he said.
The telemedicine program will run from mid-December until the funding runs out, which is estimated to be mid-March.
During the pandemic, StarMed Healthcare operated 750 testing locations in 29 North Carolina counties.
In addition, it has conducted more than 900,000 tests and administered more than 500,000 vaccines.
The doctor determines whether the patient needs treatment
If the telemedicine provider determines that a patient is eligible for an oral antiviral treatment such as Paxlovid, they may send the prescription to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice or obtain the product through a mail-order pharmacy.
“Authorized COVID-19 treatments, such as Paxlovid, can prevent hospitalizations and save lives within five days of symptom onset,” said Dr. Susan Kansagra, Assistant Secretary of Public Health and State Health Officer, NCDHHS.
no id required
Consagra said people especially at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should have a plan to contact a healthcare provider immediately if they test positive.
“This telemedicine program provides another option to quickly access life-saving treatments,” he said.
This telemedicine screening service is available regardless of insurance and does not require identification.
Without medical insurance, consultation fee will not be charged
If the patient has health insurance, StarMed Healthcare will bill the insurance company and NCDHHS will pay any additional costs.
If the patient does not have health insurance, the consultation fee will not be charged.
Similarly, antiviral tablets are freely available to the patient.
cases are on the rise
Given the data from the NCDHHS dashboard, the Covid-19 trends are rising again.
However, the number of cases remains low due to the use of home tests, which does not allow the state to know the true trend of COVID-19 cases.
The board reports that 12,955 cases were registered in the week ending December 10.
level of infection in the community
The state has another way to determine the level of contagion in the community through analysis of particles of COVID-19 found in wastewater.
This analysis determines how fast the virus is spreading.
According to the dashboard, 15.2 million particles were detected in the week ending December 7 and 13.4 million in the week before that.
This year, flu (influenza) and respiratory syncytial virus have already overwhelmed hospital care capacity.
where to place
The department explained that free “telemedicine” appointments will be available to review eligibility for COVID-19 treatment, while funding is available, for North Carolina residents who have tested positive for the virus, either Testing done at home or by any other method.
To book an appointment, you can follow the link below:
https://starmed.care/es/nc/ or you can call: 704-941-6000.
Callers can call between 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, seven days a week.
“Telemedicine” appointments made through the StarMed registration form are available in English and Spanish and six additional languages.
American Sign Language interpreter service is also available.
Where to get vaccinated against Kovid-19
One way to help prevent a serious infection is by getting vaccinated and getting a booster dose against COVID-19.
Anyone older than 6 months should be up to date with their vaccines and booster doses against the virus.
To find a vaccination site near you, you can visit: https://ncdhhs.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=58ec19aaea4630b1baad0e5e4&id=13d0ab0a7c&e=8de88b6383
Anyone over the age of 6 months should also get a yearly flu shot. To find vaccination centers and more information, visit: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/gripe?utm_source=vacunate.nc.gov&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=gripe
where to check
Health officials recommend that you get tested at home if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (after 5 days), even if you are up to date on your vaccinations .
For more information and to find testing sites, including free home tests, you can visit:
and where to get treatment
Treatments are available for COVID-19 and can reduce the risk of hospitalization or death.
You can visit the site: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/encuentre-tratamiento?utm_source=vacunate.nc.gov&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=BuscarTratamiento