GAO September 29, 2022

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic, millions of doctors’ visits and health care check-ups were postponed or even canceled. In many other cases, these typically in-person visits were conducted instead by phone or video conference.

The use of these telehealth appointments boomed during the pandemic. However, there are concerns about the quality of care patients receive and whether telehealth services are accessible to everyone.

Today’s WatchBlog post looks at how telehealth use has grown within Medicaid and Medicare—the government’s health insurance programs. Together, these programs enroll about half of the U.S. population. Medicaid enrolls about 76 million low-income Americans; Medicare provides coverage for about 64 million older Americans and those with certain disabilities. Collectively, these two...

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