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It's August, and parents of school-aged kids know what that means: back to school. It's an exciting season of transition that holds new beginnings, returning to certain routines and the start of others, auditions, tryouts, and...exposure to new germs, courtesy of the rest of your kids' classmates. Goodness knows you don't have time for illness in the midst of everything that needs to be done over the next several months.

If you or your children do find yourself battling an illness during this demanding time of year, we want you to be able to access a doctor with as little hassle (and as little cost) as is possible. That's why Liberty HealthShare has partnered up with VideoMedicine, a telemedicine provider, to offer our members reduced rates for telemedicine visits.

If you are not familiar with telemedicine, it is a remote interaction between patients and providers using a phone or the internet. Through VideoMedicine's smartphone app, more and more Liberty HealthShare members are experiencing the convenience and ease of engaging face-to-face with a provider on their schedule, from the comfort of their own homes or offices. These visits can be scheduled at a time that works for you and include discussion of your symptoms, diagnosis, and even the prescribing of medication if it is needed.

VideoMedicine-logo.pngConsider that, if you or one of your kids falls ill, VideoMedicine could mean the difference between missed days of school or work and a shortened recovery. Instead of needing to take time off to shuttle one (or all) of your children to a doctor's office and then having to sit in the waiting room with other sick people, the same kind of visit can be accomplished from home or your office.

As a Liberty HealthShare member, for eligible visits and until your annual unshared amount (AUA) is met, your cost is $45 for primary care and $100 for specialty care. Once your AUA is met, your eligible costs will be shared. It’s that simple. Of course, we don't recommend VideoMedicine replacing a relationship with your own physician, but if you're in a pinch, this is a fantastic tool for saving time and money where your healthcare is concerned. Even better, you can invite your doctor to become aVideoMedicine provider!

For informational videos, FAQs, and instructions for using this great offering, visit the VideoMedicine Page on the Liberty HealthShare website. Visit this page to create a VideoMedicine account.

We're always looking for ways to help our members access healthcare on their own terms, and to that end, we're happy to be partnering with VideoMedicine.