Medicare and Medicaid Telehealth services were promoted before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amy Johnson Ford, a nurse from West Virginia, at the Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020, claimed that Telehealth was not covered under Medicare or Medicaid.
Medicare is the United States' federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with end-stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant).
Medicaid provides health coverage to Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by the states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by the states and the federal government.
The official websites of Medicare and Medicaid reveal that there is provision for people to use the service of Telehealth, which includes office visits, psychotherapy, consultations, and certain other medical or health services before 2019. (real-time audio and video assistance).
Later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed the Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth toolkit to help states accelerate the adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in Medicaid during the COVID-19 emergency.