What is telehealth?
Social distancing doesn't have to mean distancing from your provider! You may be able to connect with a medical or behavioral health care provider from the safety and comfort of your home with a telehealth appointment.
Telehealth means you can connect with a provider outside of the office*. Ask your provider if you can:
- Video chat with your provider through a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- Text with your provider through a secure web portal.
- Talk to your provider by phone.
*Some providers may not offer these services.
What technology do I need for a telehealth appointment?
For an appointment with your provider by video, you'll need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera, and an internet connection. There are certain services that you can complete by a phone call with your provider.
Don’t have a smartphone?
As a AmeriHealth Caritas Florida member (if you qualify), you can get a smartphone* at no cost to you that can help you use telehealth services. The benefit also includes monthly data and minutes, unlimited text messaging, and no-cost calls to AmeriHealth Caritas Florida Member Services. To find out more and apply for a smartphone, contact our partner SafeLink at 1-877-631-2550 and mention promo code AMERIHEALTH.
*Limit one per household, must be at least 18 years old to qualify.
Try these tips to help you get the most out of your telehealth session
Get ready. Find a private, quiet place and let others know you can’t be disturbed.
Test your gear before the session begins to make sure you have good connectivity. Would you feel more comfortable wearing headphones or earbuds?
Come prepared with any questions, symptoms to share, and something to write down the provider’s recommendations.
If you have questions, please call Member Services toll-free at 1-855-355-9800 (TTY 1-855-358-5856).