Can you get reimbursements for video devices for patients who don't have a computer or smartphone?

Getting reimbursements for video devices vary depending on your work setting. Look to your workplace's patient support services, local and state government funding programs, and federally-supported services.

Federal government agencies — such as the Veterans Health Administration (Veterans Affairs, or VA) — have instituted a "Digital Divide" consult that will contact patients, discuss their needs, and send them telehealth equipment such as Apple iPads with wireless services.

Comcast offers Internet Essentials, with affordable high-speed Internet wifi, a discounted laptop or desktop computer, for those who qualify for their low-income program.

The federal government has Lifeline, a "discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wireline or wireless providers." Service providers like SafeLink Wireless, Assurance Wireless, TruConnect provide wireless devices, hotspots, and accounts. States such as California implement Lifeline as Your Call Wireless, providing phone services and cell phones.

Finally, large commercial organizations such as T-mobile, Verizon, and AT&T offer Lifeline services.

Last updated on 20th November 2020

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