Here is an article to the Star Tribune from July 10, 2015 regarding Mayo Clinic touting the advantages to the use of telemedicine. Still a ways to go before laws and insurance companies catch up to the realities of the benefits of telemedicine, but this is encouraging.
My paperwork has been processed with Medica/United Health Care and they now show me as being in-network at Minnesota Online Counseling. Great news!
Despite my being an in-network provider for HealthPartners for several years at CenterLife Counseling, and even before, HealthPartners has denied my request for an in-network contract. I wrote them an appeal letter that also fell on deaf ears. According to HealthPartners, options are for clients to request that my services be offered in-network for them, use out-of-network benefits, submit to an HSA account for reimbursement. I am more than happy to work out a private pay option with you if none of these will work.
BCBS of MN was very cooperative in offering me an in-network contract. So, any past, current, or new clients that have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, I am officially in-network.