Digital health clinic Maven is doing their best to assuage women’s worries about the anticipated changes to the health care system in the United States next year. Maven is one of the many companies that allow users to get a virtual medical visit via a video or chat on a medical app. From now until the end of the year, they’re giving women free appointments to get a prescription for birth control.
Since 2015, the telemedicine start-up has digital OBGYNs, doulas, nurse practitioners, lactation experts and nutritionists for non-essential primary care, reproductive care and mental health needs. Anyone with a mobile device or computer can use the service. First, patients can type in their question or concern, and then are given a list of practitioners to choose from.
They can review profiles of the practitioner including videos, bios, specialties and availability. The typical cost of a session ranges from $18 for a ten-minute appointment with a nurse practitioner to $70 for a 40-minute consultation with a mental health specialist.
For the free birth control consultation offer, Maven only covers the cost of the appointment. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers the cost of birth control through the patient’s insurance. The company suggests that the uninsured use GoodRX to find affordable options.
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