OHA offering free telehealth appointments for those with COVID-19

PORTLAND, Ore.  – The Oregon Health Authority has announced a new partnership to offer free telehealth visits, to improve access to COVID-19 therapy.

Starting today, the OHA is offering free telehealth visits statewide for those at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

They’re partnering with “Color Health” to allow anyone, regardless of health insurance status, to be able to make an appointment.

They hope this will allow for better access for those who need treatments for COVID-19.

“This is especially also created to access not only for those who have the internet but also with a phone line. So they can call and get access and they get treatment,” OHA’s Dr. Andrea Lara said.

The OHA says this will  help those in rural communities the most.

The OHA also says people with COVID-19 symptoms or those who test positive should call a health care provider first, before making a telehealth appointment.

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NBC5 News reporter Zachary Larsen grew up in Surprise, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. At ASU, Zack interned at Arizona Sports 98.7FM and Softball America. During his Junior year, Zack joined the ASU Sports Bureau. He covered the Fiesta Bowl, the Phoenix Open and major basketball tournaments. Zack enjoys working out, creative writing, music, and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils.
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