“In addition to the COVID-19 crisis, many residents have health conditions that require regular medical attention,” said Reitz. “Since many Southern Illinoisans choose to go to the doctor across the river, the governor’s executive order will make sure our families can still get the medical care they need from the safety and comfort of their own home through telehealth services.”
Reitz is highlighting an executive order recently issued that authorizes out-of-state physicians and other health care workers to treat Illinois patients via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Out-of-state physicians wishing to treat Illinois patients during this time must get a temporary license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by visiting https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/F2398.pdf. There is no fee to apply and once approved, the physician will be authorized to provide care to Illinois patients through September 30.
“Illinois is still facing large obstacles in addressing the COVID-19 crisis, and our health resources, especially in our more rural communities are being completed exhausted,” continued Reitz. “Telehealth medical services will help residents abide by the governor’s stay-at-home order and practice social distancing while still being able to seek the medical advice of their trusted health care professional.”