OCEAN COUNTY – Urgent Care NOW has expanded options for patients during this uncertain time, allowing Medicaid customers to come without charge through April 30.
“We are offering our services to Medicaid patients at no charge to them,” reported a statement from Urgent Care NOW. “We want to ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthcare when they need it, especially now more than ever.
“Under the guidelines of our state-funded health plans, urgent care center visits are not covered. The state directive is for patients to go to the emergency room for any medical services outside of the scope of their family doctor or when they can’t get an appointment/after hours, etc. We understand that a lot of our neighbors and friends utilize these insurances and being part of the healthcare safety net in the community, we know that we need to help where we can. Opening up access to Medicaid recipients provides both quick and convenient health care services to those who need it and relieves the overburdening of our local hospitals, as well.”
This is in addition to telemedicine screenings that have begun. Virtual Visits can be used for these simple medical issues:
- Return to work checks
- Screening for cough and fever
- Medication refills
- Upper respiratory infections
- Follow-up visits
To schedule a virtual visit, call 609-978-0242. Tell the staff you would like to schedule a virtual visit. Staff will register you and send your request to one of our providers to begin a virtual visit. Most insurers are covering telemedicine virtual visit during this crisis. Staff members will have a list of insurance companies that currently offer coverage.
These virtual visits are between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Walk-ins are still welcome; the phone screenings are for specific ailments. If, during the course of a phone call, it is determined that an in-person visit is needed, then it is considered all part of the same visit.
Urgent Care NOW has locations in Manahawkin, Lacey, Toms River and Little Egg Harbor. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (*Little Egg Harbor is currently open Monday to Friday).
For more information, please visit urgentcarenownj.com.