Monday, January 15, 2018

State health plan says online service has saved it $2.5 million

The state says it has saved $2.5 million in the last two and a half years through a health-and-wellness service that allows 300,000 state employees, teachers and others in the state health plan to get doctor consultations and care online.

The “LiveHealth Online Medical + Behavorial Health” initiative, started in June 2015, will continue to expand its services, the state Personnel Cabinet said in a news release. For example, psychiatric “virtual visits” began this month.

“This service is incredibly user-friendly,” Personnel Secretary Tom Stephens said. “It lets you talk face-to-face with a doctor through your mobile device or a computer with a webcam. It’s faster, easier and more convenient than a visit to an urgent care center. . . . There are no appointments, no waiting and no sitting in traffic. It’s quick, easy and connects you to a doctor of your choice in minutes.”

The state plan is Kentucky's largest self-insured health plan, "with benefits designed in partnership with multiple vendors to provide greater access to quality healthcare with increased customer service," the release says. "The Kentucky Executive Branch is the state’s largest employer, with over 30,000 employees."

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