Aetna is expanding telehealth enrollment on the new health care law, expanding its footprint in states that don’t have its network, and launching a video-on-demand service.
Aetna has expanded telehealth plans to cover nearly 2 million individuals, and now offers plans in more than 20 states, the company said Tuesday.
Telehealth plans have long been offered in the individual market, but the company’s move is the first major expansion of the industry in the past year.
A source with knowledge of the company, who requested anonymity, told NBC News the company had planned to expand telehealth in states it did not have a network in for several months but was forced to pull the plug after the rollout of the ACA began.
The move is part of the strategy by the company to compete with other health care providers, the source said.AETNA’s telehealth offerings will now be available to individuals on the exchange and through a federal health care portal.
AetraNet, a provider of telehealth services in the U.S., will continue to provide services through its own network in the coming months.
AETNA will also continue to offer coverage in the state-based market in the form of state-level Medicaid plans.
A source said Aetnam also plans to offer the telehealth service through its existing network, which currently includes roughly 25 million individuals in more that 40 states.
The move by Aetn is a sign of Aeterna’s continuing success in providing telehealth to its members and employees, as the company is already offering the service through AetN and its own mobile apps.
A number of the most recent hires at Aetenet were telehealth specialists.
TeleHealth plans were already available to the average Aetinet member at the end of 2017.
This is the second year that Aetinet members have been able to enroll.
In 2019, the first year that members were able to participate in telehealth, the average annual cost for coverage was $7,600, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.