Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have heightened the realization thataccess to medical care — both doctors and health facilities — canbe cut off just when seniors may need it most. But even thoughdigital communications and telemedicine can help to bridge this gap, manyseniors don’t even know whether their health plan offers it — andthat’s if they are digitally connected enough to access it.

Business Insider reports on a survey from HealthMine, whichfinds that 57 percent of Medicare health plan members aged 65+ saythey are unsure if their health plan offers telemedicine; another31 percent say that telemedicine is not offered by their plan.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.