State partners with StarMed to provide free COVID treatment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – People across the state who test positive for COVID-19 will receive free telehealth visits and treatment.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with Charlotte healthcare provider StarMed to provide resources.


what you need to know

  • Free telehealth visits and treatment for those who test positive for COVID-19 statewide
  • All positive tests, whether from your primary care lab or a test performed at home, will qualify you for this service
  • StarMed will bill patients if they have a health plan, but do not require health insurance or NC State identification

All positive tests, whether from your primary care lab or a test performed at home, will qualify you for this service.

If a StarMed telehealth provider determines that a patient is eligible for oral antiviral therapy, they can send the prescription to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice or through a mail-order pharmacy.

StarMed leadership said the service will help prevent coronavirus patients from visiting local hospitals.

“People are sick of it. People are still suffering long-term effects, some people are still dying from COVID-19. So to be able to get a resource of the COVID pill, you know, that keeps people out of essential hospitals, it’s 90 percent effective %,” said StarMed President Mike Estramonte.

StarMed will bill the patient’s health plan, if any, but does not require health insurance or North Carolina identification.

Estellamonte said he hopes the service will remove barriers for those who were unable to access health care at the height of the pandemic.

“Right now, like throughout this pandemic, it’s been a challenge for those who are insured and for those who have been trying to get access to the pill. I don’t think we know how challenging it is or how expensive it is , so to do that and be able to determine eligibility in a painless way, it’s very easy that you just call and make an appointment,” Estellamont said.

Funding for the program is expected to continue through March.