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UnitedHealthcare pushing online visits with new 'virtual-first' health plan


October 21, 2021

Jim Mone, Associated Press file

UnitedHealth Group, based in Minnetonka, operates Optum and UnitedHealthcare, the nation's largest health insurer.

UnitedHealthcare has launched what it calls a "virtual-first" health plan where patients start with online health care providers before moving to in-person visits as needed.

The Minnetonka-based carrier, which is the nation's largest health insurer,announcedthe health plan this weekas a way to reduce costs at a time when the pandemic has prompted many to try web-based care.

Under the plan enrollees pay a $0 copay when going online to access primary care providers as well as virtual urgent care. Premiums will be about 15% lower than traditional benefit plans, John Rex, the chief financial officer at parent company UnitedHealth Group, said during the company's third quarter earnings call this month.


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