Hogan expands telehealth, recognizes in-home service workers as essential health care providers

Posted at 1:14 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 13:17:58-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday issued two more emergency orders to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first order expands on a May 20 order approving telehealth services in Maryland. Healthcare providers can now speak with patients by email and other ways besides audio and video. The services also qualify to be covered by Medicaid, according to Hogan.

Governor Hogan's second order makes workers providing in-home care, interpreting services, social services, and support systems for substance abuse and mental illness, essential health care providers.

“As our state faces new and unprecedented challenges, we need to be adaptive, innovative, and inclusive in our response,” said Governor Hogan. “The orders I have issued today help ensure that Marylanders of all ages and abilities can continue receiving essential services throughout this public health crisis.”