Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King: Utilize Telemedicine Over In-Person Doctor Visits
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
On Wednesday, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King urged Georgians who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are showing related symptoms to take advantage of the telemedicine options available to them from their health insurers instead of showing up in-person to emergency rooms or their doctor’s office.
“In order to help slow the spread of this virus and to better protect our health care professionals, I’m calling on any Georgians concerned they may have potentially contracted COVID-19 to first utilize their health insurer’s telemedicine platforms before showing up in-person to a medical facility,” said Commissioner King. “This will allow doctors to more easily screen patients and either prescribe treatment for non-serious issues or schedule an additional in-person appointment if they believe COVID-19 may be involved.”
The Department has been working closely with Governor Kemp’s office, the Department of Community Health, and health insurers across the state to compile the following telemedicine resources and COVID-19-related information to better assist Georgia consumers:
- Kaiser Permanente
Medicaid Managed Care Organizations
- WellCare / Peach State Health Plan