98point6 Press Coverage

January 18, 2022 | Medika

People Needing Access to Care Shouldn’t Have to Do Battle to Get It

I recently sat down with Brad Younggren, MD, Chief Medical Officer of 98point6, the growing medical technology platform providing text-first, primary care consults with a physician, 24–7, through each patient’s smartphone.

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January 6, 2022 | Forbes

Will The Telehealth Boom Continue After The Pandemic?

It’s a bittersweet truth that can be difficult to discuss: Major tragedies like the Covid-19 pandemic often ignite new approaches and innovations in healthcare. We’ve seen it born out of U.S. military trauma centers in Iraq and Afghanistan before, and we’re seeing it today with telehealth.

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November 15, 2021 | STAT

Why two emergency physicians’ kids took part in the Pfizer vaccine trials

Cue the collective sigh of relief from many parents across the country. While the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been available for children ages 12 and up since mid-September, as of now 28 million even younger school-age children between the ages of 5 and 11 are eligible to receive it.

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October 20, 2021 | Collective Health Blog

Premier Partner Perspectives: Engaging Members At Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is a critical time for employers to promote the value of their digital health programs, and help their employees understand when and how to access them. It may seem obvious, but by engaging your employees well at the start of the health plan year, you can maximize the time and opportunities they have to experience the impact of those services.

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October 18, 2021 | Built In Beta

27 Telemedicine Companies Keeping Us Healthy at Home

Not many things are more important than taking care of our health but with the pace and demands of modern life, it’s easy to let our healthcare needs fall to the wayside. For one reason or another, taking care of our physical and emotional needs can take a backseat to our careers, families and finances.

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October 15, 2021 | InfoQ Podcast

Growing Teams and Retaining Culture in Remote Health Care

In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Damon Lanphear about recruiting and growing remote teams, hanging the interviewing process, governance as an accelerator of innovation and applying AI to primary healthcare.

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October 1, 2021 | Collective Health Blog

Premier Partner Program: How and Why We Chose Our Partners

At Collective Health, we truly value each one of our program partners and the impact they have on our members with their dedicated support and deep expertise around mental health, cancer diagnoses, fertility and family-forming care, and more. Our goal is to help people lead healthier lives, and we recognize that our partners play a critical role in that effort.

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September 28, 2021 | Vator News

DotCom Therapy partners with Goodside Health for in-school teletherapy

While it’s still unclear what exactly a post-COVID world will look like in a lot of ways, a few trends have clearly emerged after 18 months. There’s the mainstreaming of virtual care, but there’s also, in conjunction with that, the rise of teletherapy, with companies like BetterHelp, BetterUp, 98point6, Amwell, and numerous others, all seeing big increases in activity.

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September 21, 2021 | Fast Company

The Most Important Healthcare Design of 2021

See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards in the Health category.

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September 3, 2021 | KevinMD Podcast

Debunking Common Virtual Therapy Myths and Tips for New Patients [PODCAST]

While the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and normalized the need for increased mental and behavioral health services over the last year and a half, addressing mental health issues as a regular form of their wellness will persist beyond the pandemic.

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August 19, 2021 | KevinMD

Debunking Common Virtual Therapy Myths and 4 Tips for New Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred an avalanche of mental health issues that have continued to plague the general public over the last 18 months – with the full impact from lingering quarantines, prolonged social distancing, and now the fear over the unknowns of new variants. In fact, nearly 70 percent of working adults say this has been the most stressful time period of their lives.

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August 13, 2021 | HIT Consultant

XpresSpa, 98point6 Partner to Provide Virtual Care to Travelers

XpresSpa, a health and wellness company, announced an agreement with 98point6, an on-demand virtual primary care provider, to provide services for the new Treat™ Care app. The Treat Care app will soon be available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and will offer travel health and wellness content, access to board-certified health professionals, a travel wallet to store health records and more.

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August 12, 2021 | Globe Newswire

XpresSpa Group Announces Agreement with 98point6 as the Treat™ Partner for Virtual Care

XpresSpa Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XSPA) (“XpresSpa” or the “Company”), a health and wellness company, today announced an agreement with 98point6, an on-demand virtual primary care provider, to provide services for the new Treat™ Care app. The Treat Care app will soon be available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and will offer travel health and wellness content, access to board-certified health professionals, a travel wallet to store health records and more.

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August 3, 2021 | FOX News

Should you suspend travel over the delta COVID-19 variant? Experts speak out.

Recent CDC data shows coronavirus infections from the delta COVID-19 variant have continued to rise in the U.S. and this fact might leave travelers wondering if it’s worth taking vacations they had planned. Depending on your household’s circumstances, suspending travel could be an ideal option, a worthwhile consideration or an unneeded step, according to medical experts.

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July 20, 2021 | MobiHealthNews

Collective Health’s partnership program launches with inclusion of Livongo, Hinge Health and more

Amid the growing digital health ecosystem, Collective Health is making it easier for employers to manage their various offerings through its new Premier Partnership Program.

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July 12, 2021 | Vator News

Startups and newcomers disrupting primary care

Primary care physicians are the gateway for people to access their care; no matter what the issue, a patient is most likely to see their GP before they see a specialist (often because they have to in order to get a referral). That is having drastic consequences: primary care physicians report burnout at twice the rate of other caregivers. Not only that, but they’re one of the lowest-paid doctors as well. It’s an unsustainable situation.

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June 11, 2021 | Employee Benefits News

New Aon partnerships take on musculoskeletal care and high healthcare costs

There is nothing consumers love more than saving money with a product bundle, and a new benefit integration from Aon can help employers do just that, while helping employees find relief for one of life’s most painful and disruptive health conditions. Professional services firm Aon has teamed up with three healthcare companies, Employer Direct Healthcare, Hinge Health and 98point6, to launch MSK Integrated Care Solution. The benefit will address and improve the quality and affordability of employees’ musculoskeletal care.

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June 3, 2021 | Built In

What is the Star Method?

While interviewing for a job, Gianna Driver, chief people officer at the Silicon Valley-based fintech company BlueVine, was asked to describe a time she helped her workplace meet its goals during a difficult time. Driver guessed that this question would come up and was ready with a story to tell.

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May 5, 2021 | Microsoft Alumni News

Prioritizing primary care; Microsoft alum Robbie Cape leads Seattle-based telehealth company 98point6

Robbie Cape combined his deep tech background and entrepreneurial dream to found 98point6, a telehealth company serving patients across the U.S. to provide accessible primary care. Robbie co-founded 98point6 in 2015 with the intentions of using tech to simplify the process of seeing a primary care physician, something that isn’t as easily accessible as many may think. A reported 65 million Americans lack access to primary healthcare.

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April 22, 2021 | Forbes

6 Companies That Are Taking Telemedicine By Storm

Telemedicine has been around in some form since the 1950s. Yet despite the digital transformation of industry after industry, most healthcare consumers have long preferred seeing their doctors in person. Although telemedicine adoption was on an upward slope by 2020, RAND Corporation data put market penetration at a mere 4% of the U.S. population.

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April 16, 2021 | Studio CMO

Driving HealthTech Demand in the Telehealth Crowd with Samantha Bergin of 98point6

Samantha Bergin is the chief marketing officer at 98point6, an on-demand digital primary care service founded in 2015 and headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Sam’s nearly 25-year career centers around building and growing technology brands. Prior to 98point6, she served as vice president of marketing at Cozi, Inc., which was acquired by Time Inc. and is now owned by Meredith Corporation. Under her leadership, Cozi became one of the top 10-grossing productivity apps in both iTunes and Google Play. Sam also worked in product management at Amazon, Microsoft, and Visio Corporation.

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April 7, 2021 | Startup Seattle

Battlefield experience shaping his passion for tech in healthcare & revolutionizing primary care

Dr Bradley Younggren, an Iraq war veteran talks about how his battlefield experience shaped his interest in applying technology innovations to health care. He is Chief Medical Officer of 98Point6 and Emergency Physician and Evergreen Health in Kirkland WA.

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April 6, 2021 | Inc.

The Future of Health Care in the Post-Pandemic Era

Health care systems are on the tail end of the biggest surge in activity in over a century. The surge has been met by unprecedented adoption and innovation across the entire industry. Based on my experience in the innovation ecosystem, here’s a look at what the industry will look like in the post-pandemic era.

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March 23, 2021 | Forbes

Why Technology And Patient Trust Are Critical To Preventing Fallout From The Antibiotic Crisis

Health care and technology have become inextricably linked. Tech solutions built upon medical expertise are enabling health care providers to improve the delivery of care, reduce costs, increase access and better adhere to best practices. 

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March 23, 2021 | PSBJ

As 98point6 ventures into behavioral health, CEO says the hard part comes next

The Seattle-based telehealth company launched its behavioral health arm in February. The move to integrate behavioral health with primary care has been “a long time coming,” Robbie Cape says.

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March 2, 2021 | Fierce Healthcare

Quest Diagnostics, 98point6 Team up to Incorporate Patient Labs Into Telehealth

Quest Diagnostics and 98point6 have teamed up to make it easier for patients to connect with a doctor virtually about lab results. Through the partnership, on-demand digital primary care service 98point6 will provide text-based virtual primary care to patients following employer-sponsored biometric and laboratory health screenings from Quest Diagnostics.

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February 24, 2021 | The Tech Tribune

An Exclusive Tech Tribune Q&A With Robbie Cape (Co-Founder and CEO) of 98point6

After selling my first successful startup (the family organizing app, Cozi) to Time Inc. in 2014, I co-founded 98point6 with a group of thought-leaders passionate about improving access and affordability of healthcare – something every human on this Earth needs. With my technology background, I could see an innovative path towards solving this dilemma: by augmenting the expertise of physicians with machine learning and AI, we could extend their reach and fundamentally change the economics of care delivery.

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February 18, 2021 | CTA

CTA Launches New Trustworthiness Standard for AI in Health Care

More than 60 organizations – from global tech brands to startups and health care industry leaders – convened by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® have developed a new ANSI-accredited standard that identifies the core requirements and baseline to determine trustworthy AI solutions in health care. This standard, part of CTA’s initiative on AI in health care, is the second in a series of standards focused on implementing medical and health care solutions built on AI.

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February 18, 2021 | Vator News

98point6 Adds Behavioral Health Offering to Its Telemedicine Solution

One of the biggest challenges to emerge from the COVID pandemic was a rise in mental health concerns, thanks to added stress, as well as social isolation: KFF found that 53 percent of adults in the United States have struggled with mental health during COVID-19. Combine that with the inability, or lack of desire, to go out and see a doctor in person, those conditions were only going to get worse.

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February 17, 2021 | GeekWire

98point6 Launches New Virtual Care Service to Address Rising Demand for Mental Health Support

Riding a wave of demand for its telemedicine technology, and reacting to U.S. adults’ increasing struggles with metal health during COVID-19, Seattle-based 98point6 is launching a new behavioral health service for commercial customers.

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February 17, 2021 | MobiHealthNews

Behavioral Health Services Now Complement 98point6’s Text-Based Primary Care Platform

App-based primary care provider 98point6 today announced a new integrated behavioral health offering for its employer, health plan and health system clientele.

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February 17, 2021 | HIT Consultant

98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering

By providing a private and accessible entry point, 98point6 is setting out to reduce stigma and normalize behavioral health mindsets, which in turn, encourages individuals to seek help sooner. Through on-demand access to the trusted primary care relationship, 98point6 physicians are well-positioned to identify mental health issues further upstream, before they become more burdensome and costly to patients and providers.

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February 17, 2021 | Fierce Healthcare

98point6 Expands Into Behavioral Health With Rising Demand for Mental Health Support

On-demand digital primary care service 98point6 is expanding into behavioral health support. The new integrated behavioral health service provides employers, health plans and health systems access to a single-stop virtual care solution that ensures their members and employees are fully supported on the path to mental health, the company said.

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February 4, 2021 | Inc.

4 Trends Behind Seattle’s Booming Startup Scene

The Seattle area had the unfortunate distinction of being the site of the first U.S. Covid-19 outbreak last year and was among the first to begin shutting down its businesses. While, as in places across the globe, its retail and restaurant businesses have been crushed, Seattle’s startup ecosystem has kept the city afloat—and, in some ways, thriving.

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February 2, 2021 | Federal Labs

BARDA Partners With 98point6 to Adapt Platform for COVID-19 Screening, Reporting

What if we could identify COVID-19 hot spots using technology that’s accessible to anyone? The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is working with Seattle-based 98point6 and its primary care telemedicine platform to develop a program that records de-identified, suspected COVID-19 cases, and uses this information to better understand disease transmission, potential hot spots, incidence of COVID-19 cases among different population groups, and self-reported vaccination status.

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January 13, 2021 | GeekWire

U.S. Startups Raise Record Investment in 2020; Here Are the Top Pacific Northwest Deals in Q4

When the pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year and tech companies began laying off thousands of employees, analysts warned of a bumpy ride ahead for startups and venture capital investment. To say the industry stabilized would be an understatement.

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December 31, 2020 | Forbes

Doctors Are Eagerly Getting COVID-19 Vaccines; Here’s What They Want You to Know

When the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved for emergency use in December, many doctors and healthcare providers eagerly volunteered to get vaccinated, often publicly. But for vaccines to achieve their full impact, Americans will need to embrace them with a comparable fervor.

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December 30, 2020 | USA Today

Front Line Doctor: Overworked Doctors, Nurses Are Getting Vaccinated. Here’s Why You Should Too

Even as vaccines for COVID-19 begin to get rolled out, many Americans remain uncertain as to whether they will be willing to receive the vaccine once it becomes widely available. Front line health care workers will be among the first groups to provide real-world evidence of the vaccine’s side effects and efficacy outside of controlled test groups.

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December 29, 2020 | GeekWire

A View From the Front Lines: COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on the Technology and Science of Healthcare

To say that Dr. Brad Younggren has a unique perspective on COVID-19 would be an understatement—because he actually has multiple perspectives. Dr. Younggren is the chief medical officer at Seattle-based healthcare startup 98point6, which has seen interest in its on-demand virtual care service skyrocket amid the pandemic. He’s also an emergency physician, and the medical director for emergency preparedness, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center, in Kirkland, Wash., the first hospital in the country to get an influx of COVID-19 patients earlier this year.

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December 28, 2020 | Becker's Hospital Review

Top 5 Telehealth Stories of 2020

Sam’s Club partnered with primary care telehealth provider 98point6 in September to offer members virtual visits. The discounted subscription for club members gives them unlimited telehealth visits for $1 per visit and has board-certified physicians available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

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December 15, 2020 | Forbes

COVID-19 Vaccines’ Speed to Market Makes Consumers Nervous. It Shouldn’t.

When health care workers received the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines on Monday after the vaccine got emergency approval from the FDA just days before, it was a triumph for science.

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December 10, 2020 | Becker's Hospital Review

UW Medicine Launches Telehealth Program That Provides Patients Care Through Text Message

Seattle-based UW Medicine rolled out a new on-demand virtual care program that lets patients receive medical care via text message consults with physicians, according to a Dec. 9 news release. UW Medicine partnered with telehealth provider 98point6 for the new on-demand virtual care subscription service.

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December 9, 2020 | UW Medicine

UW Medicine Partners With 98point6 for Virtual Care

UW Medicine has begun offering on-demand, text-based virtual care for its patients in collaboration with 98point6®. The service replaces the Amwell virtual clinic that UW Medicine has utilized for the past year and a half. Patients will still have access to the telehealth platform used to talk directly with their UW Medicine primary- and specialty-care providers.

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December 3, 2020 | Inc.

Best in Business 2020 Meet the Companies Making the Biggest Positive Impact in 2020: The Full List

Explore Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business awards recognizing the most inspiring and innovative companies of the year–and Inc.’s prestigious Company of the Year honor.

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December 1, 2020 | GeekWire

Tech Moves: Qumulo Hires Cloud CTO; Ex-Tableau CMO Joins Conversica Board; 98point6 Adds COO

Seattle virtual primary care startup 98point6 appointed Fukiko Ogisu as its chief operating officer. Ogisu was most recently EVP and chief people officer for multinational media company Viacom. She previously spent more than 13 years at Microsoft.

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November 24, 2020 | PitchBook

On the Podcast: The Rapid Rise of Telehealth During COVID-19

At the beginning of 2020, 0.1% of all medical visits each week were conducted via telemedicine. By late April, the height of COVID-19’s first wave in the US, that number had increased to nearly 14%. In our final episode focusing on health and wellness tech, we talk about 98point6, a Seattle-based startup behind a text-based primary care app.

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November 19, 2020 | Forbes

COVID-19 Taught Us to Put Med Before Tech. Will We Remember the Lesson?

In the quest to solve the many problems in U.S. health care, the industry has looked to technology as the Holy Grail: a bright and shiny object simultaneously contributing to important transformations in medicine while distracting the industry from making critical systemic improvements. Now, worldwide fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is shining a spotlight on the fact that tech is only one piece of the solution to health care’s problems.

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November 16, 2020 | Health IT Outcomes

In the Pursuit of Health, Community Will See Us Through

Our society functions on the foundation of numerous social contracts: public education, civil liberties, fair taxes, criminal justice. The crises of this year have tested America’s social contracts in unprecedented ways and brought our nation to a time that will someday be reflected upon as a turning point.

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November 3, 2020 | Built In Seattle

The 5 Biggest Seattle Tech Funding Rounds Raised $220M in October

October has come to a close, which means we’re well into Q4 and the final stretch of 2020. Although this year has been tough on a lot of businesses, things are gradually getting better, and newly announced funding rounds are a signal. There were a handful of Seattle tech funding rounds in October, both big and small, but the five largest brought in about $220 million in fresh capital—a solid improvement from September. Seattle’s biggest tech funding round for the month of October goes to 98point6, which brought in $118 million.

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November 2, 2020 | PYMNTS.com

Textual Healing: Startup Connects Virtual Healthcare to Sam’s Club Members

The house call—a kindly doctor lugging a black bag to the doorstep—is a thing of the past. Now, waiting rooms are cramped. But in the age of the pandemic, of course, even a visit to the waiting room is fraught. In an interview with PYMNTS, Robbie Cape, co-founder and CEO of 98point6, a company that offers what it classifies as “text-based primary care” 24/7.

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October 26, 2020 | Small Business Trends

Telehealth Benefit 98point6 Now Available to Small Business

98point6, an on-demand telemedicine provider, announced the launch of its new Client Portal allowing businesses access to 24/7 board-certified physicians. With the Client Portal employees can get diagnosis and treatment including consultations with physicians.

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October 19, 2020 | PitchBook

Shift to Remote Care Pushes Healthtech Investment to New Heights This Year

When the coronavirus pandemic forced healthcare outside of hospitals, healthtech captured the attention of venture capitalists who have rushed into investing in the space. For telemedicine provider 98point6, the surge in investor interest resulted in an unexpected mega-round. The Seattle-based startup closed a $118 million Series E last week led by L Catterton and Activant Capital. 98point6 had raised $43 million in April and wasn’t actively seeking funding, CEO Robbie Cape said.

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October 19, 2020 | Cheddar

Virtual Care Startup 98point6 Raises $118 Million

Virtual health company 98point6 has raised $118 million in a Series E funding round. 98point6 is an on-demand, text-based primary care provider and on top of its funding, has recently strengthened its partnership with Sam’s Club. The company’s co-founder and CEO Robbie Cape joined Cheddar to discuss.

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October 16, 2020 | AiThority

98point6 Announces $118 Million Series E Led by L Catterton and Activant Capital to Support Rapid Growth

98point6, an on-demand digital primary care service that delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country, announced a $118 million Series E fundraising round to further support its growth and success. The text-based primary care platform now has more than 240 commercial partnerships—accounting for three million members—with prominent brands including Banner|Aetna, Boeing, Circle K, Red Bull North America, Sam’s Club, and Teamsters Western Region and New Jersey Health Care Fund.

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October 16, 2020 | Business Insider

98point6 Scored $118 Million to Expand Its Online Medical Practice as the Demand for Remote Care Rises

After witnessing a surge in users fueled by the pandemic, 98point6 could use the cash infusion to broaden its scope of telemental health options and keep riding the telehealth boom. The coronavirus pandemic catalyzed a large-scale shift to virtual care, and 98point6 reaped the fruits of patients’ sudden interest: From the end of 2019 to the first few months of 2020, the telehealth company saw a 238% upsurge in membership, and it now touts over 240 commercial partnerships.

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October 15, 2020 | Cision PR Newswire

98point6 Announces $118 Million Series E Led by L Catterton and Activant Capital to Support Rapid Growth

98point6 announced a $118 million Series E fundraising round to further support its growth and success. The text-based primary care platform now has more than 240 commercial partnerships—accounting for three million members—with prominent brands including Banner|Aetna, Boeing, Circle K, Red Bull North America, Sam’s Club, and Teamsters Western Region and New Jersey Health Care Fund.

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October 15, 2020 | Business Insider

Healthcare Startups Are Racing to the Public Markets. 98point6 Shares Why They Decided to Raise $118M From Private Investors Instead

The startup, which provides virtual primary care through text messaging, wasn’t actively seeking new funding, Cape said, so the new funds will be largely allocated to funding research and development of new tools and features, specifically in behavioral health.

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October 15, 2020 | GeekWire

Virtual Primary Care Startup 98point6 Raises $118M as Pandemic Sparks Demand for Digital Health Tech

Demand is through the roof for Seattle telemedicine startup 98point6. The company, which helps facilitate virtual primary care appointments, has seen its membership base skyrocket 274% this year as people look for medical advice without going to a physical doctor’s office during the pandemic.

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October 15, 2020 | The Wall Street Journal

Investors Bankroll Virtual-Care Startup 98point6 With $118 Million

Investors are bankrolling virtual primary-care startup 98point6 Inc. with $118 million, betting on a company whose business has surged this year along with rising demand for telehealth services.

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October 15, 2020 | Crunchbase

98point6 Raises Temperature of Virtual Care With $118M Series E

One of the companies at the forefront of the space is Seattle-based 98point6, providing on-demand digital primary care service for patients that includes personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment.

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October 15, 2020 | Built In Seattle

98point6 Raises $118M Series E as Demand for Healthtech Soars

On Thursday, Seattle-based 98point6 announced the closing of its $118 million Series E funding round, which was led by L Catterton and Activant.

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October 15, 2020 | Medium

Writing a New Chapter in Primary Care

At Activant, we are hyper-focused on identifying companies that bring next-generation technology to legacy industries that are ripe for digital disruption. In the case of our investment with 98point6, we believe that the combination of AI technology and great physicians will solve a massive challenge of providing low cost and high-quality primary care to everyone

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October 15, 2020 | MobiHealthNews

98point6’s $118M Series E for Test-Based Primary Care

“98point6 has experienced accelerated growth over the last year, due in part to the pandemic, as more organizations recognized the existing and undeniable desire for on-demand, digitally enabled care,” Robbie Cape, CEO and cofounder of 98point6, said in a statement. “The increased interest in 98point6 put us in a unique position to serve many in a time of need.”

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October 15, 2020 | MedCity News

Text-Based Primary Care Startup 98point6 Raises $118M

The text-based primary care startup raised $118 million, for a total of more than $240 million to date. Private equity firms L Catterton and Activant Capital both led the series E funding round.

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October 15, 2020 | FinSMEs

98point6 Raises $118M in Series E Funding

98point6, a Seattle, WA-based on-demand digital primary care service that delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country, raised $118m in Series E funding.

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October 15, 2020 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Telehealth Provider 98point6 Raises $118M to Expand R&D

The company will continue to build and scale, but this latest funding round will go toward expanding research and development in areas like user experience delivery, artificial intelligence and natural language processing, CEO Robbie Cape said.

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October 15, 2020 | VC News Daily

98point6 Lands $118M Series E Round

98point6, an on-demand digital primary care service that delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country, today announced a $118 million Series E fundraising round to further support its growth and success. The text-based primary care platform now has more than 240 commercial partnerships-accounting for three million members-with prominent brands including Banner|Aetna, Boeing, Circle K, Red Bull North America, Sam’s Club, and Teamsters Western Region and New Jersey Health Care Fund.

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October 15, 2020 | HIT Consultant

98point6 Lands $118M to Expand Text-Based Primary Care Platform

In just the past year, the company has grown 274 percent and serves more than three million members through more than 240 commercial partnerships with brands like Premera, Banner|Aetna, Boeing, Circle K, Sam’s Club, and others. The platform continues to see usage across age groups: pediatrics ages 1–17 (7%), 18–35 (47%), 36–50 (28%) and 50+ (18%), and 90% of patients surveyed say they would use the service again.

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October 15, 2020 | GeekWire

GeekWire Summit: Telehealth Experts Say COVID-19 Created an Opportunity to Reimagine Healthcare

“A subscription model is the best way to allow patients to have essentially unlimited access, high levels of access — they can come back when they want,” said Dr. Brad Younggren, chief medical officer at 98point6. “There’s a doctor essentially in the home of those families 24/7 and especially in COVID-19, what we’ve learned is this is a really a reassuring thing for families.”

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October 15, 2020 | Fierce Healthcare

Goldman Sachs-Backed 98point6 Banks $118M to Expand Virtual Primary Care

98point6, which Cape founded in 2015, was not looking to raise more funds, but the latest financing round was entirely driven by inbound interest, Cape told Fierce Healthcare. “We didn’t make a single external call. We were getting calls from a lot of different potential investors and we decided as a group to take those calls and remain open-minded to the possibility of raising additional money if we met the right investor that we wanted to partner with,” he said.

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October 15, 2020 | Law360

Text-Messaging Health Provider Scores $118M From PE Firms

Digital health care platform 98point6, working with Wilson Sonsini, said Thursday it landed $118 million in its latest funding round as the company, which allows patients to seek treatment via text messages, is seeing a rise in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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October 15, 2020 | PYMNTS

Text-Based Healthcare Platform 98point6 Nets $118m After Membership Grows 274%

On-demand digital healthcare service 98point6 has come off a Series E funding round with $118 million. Through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), along with expertise from certified physicians, 98point6 enables a more accessible and affordable brand of primary care.

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October 12, 2020 | Business Insider

Digital Health Startups to Watch: An Inside Look at the Top Us Startups Transforming Healthcare Through AI, Telehealth, and Medical Devices

Digital health startups, like 98point6, are transforming the US healthcare system amid the growing demand for improved healthcare delivery catalyzed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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October 7, 2020 | GeekWire

GeekWire Summit Preview: A Glimpse of the Future of Tech, Health, Education, Jobs and More

Telehealth is playing a crucial role in both coronavirus screening and primary care as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Hear from 98point6 Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Younggren.

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September 28, 2020 | GeekWire

Tech Moves: Expedia and f5 Networks Add Board Members; Madrona Principal Departs; And More

Former Rover and Cheezburger CTO Scott Porad is now vice president of engineering at Seattle virtual healthcare startup 98point6.

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September 28, 2020 | Raise the Line Podcast

Raise the Line Podcast: Let Physicians Impact Change – Dr. Bradley Younggren, 98point6 CMO

“If we do things right, this will be your last job.” That’s the message Dr. Bradley Younggren has for physicians applying to join his company 98point6, which offers a text-based, AI-powered mobile app for delivering primary care.

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September 24, 2020 | Business Insider

Sam’s Club and 98point6 Are Partnering To Offer Members $1 Telehealth Visits

Sam’s Club and virtual primary care provider 98point6 joined forces to offer Sam’s Club members exclusive virtual care offerings, including $1 telehealth visits.

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September 23, 2020 | LifeHacker

What to Know About Sam’s Club’s Telehealth Program

Sam’s Club has partnered with Seattle-based health startup 98point6 to launch a new telehealth service. According to yesterday’s press release, the service offers 24/7 access to both live doctors and a virtual primary care physician—without an appointment—through an AI-powered, text message-based app.

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September 22, 2020 | Sam's Club

Sam’s Club Teams Up with 98point6 to Offer Exclusive Subscription Plan Options

Sam’s Club announced today that it is collaborating with virtual primary care provider 98point6® to provide members exclusive offerings on 98point6’s telehealth virtual clinic via a text-based app.

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September 22, 2020 | GeekWire

Sam’s Club Partners with Seattle Startup 98point6 to Offer Customers Telehealth Service

Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, is promoting Seattle startup 98point6 as a telehealth service for its customers. The grocery giant will offer virtual healthcare through 98point6, a 5-year-old startup that has seen business surge during the pandemic. Sam’s Club members will get a discounted introductory fee of $20 for the first three months (normally $30), and then $33.50/month after that. Quarterly and year subscriptions are available.

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September 22, 2020 | Becker's Hospital Review

Sam’s Club Launches $1 Telehealth Visits For Members

Sam’s Club partnered with primary care telehealth provider 98point6 to offer members virtual visits.

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September 22, 2020 | FierceHealthcare

Sam’s Club Membership Now Comes with Telehealth Perk

ome Sam’s Club memberships already come with health perks such as free select prescriptions and discounts on glasses. Now, the membership warehouse club—which is a division of Walmart—is extending a telehealth discount with virtual care provider 98point6 to all members after a yearlong pilot. Through the collaboration, Sam’s Cub members will have exclusive offerings on 98point6’s telehealth virtual clinic via a text-based app.

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September 22, 2020 | USA Today

Sam’s Club Offers Doctor Visits with New Telehealth Subscription

Sam’s Club is giving its members a new way to see the doctor – virtually. The Walmart-owned warehouse club chain announced a partnership with Seattle-based virtual primary care provider 98point6 Tuesday to provide members with an exclusive introductory fee and quarterly subscription.

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September 22, 2020 | The Street

Walmart’s Sam’s Club Teams Up with Telehealth Startup 98point6

Get Report membership-based retail unit, is promoting Seattle startup 98point6 as a telehealth service for its customers. The retailer is offering virtual healthcare through the five-year-old Seattle startup, Geekwire reported. Sam’s Club members will get a discounted introductory fee of $20 for the first three months, down from $30, and then $33.50 per month after that. Quarterly and year subscriptions are available.

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September 17, 2020 | The Arizona Republic

Telehealth Advanced by a Decade in Just One Month of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated every aspect of life and business. Providing health care for Arizonans has been no exception. Between office closures, stay-at-home mandates and individuals’ understandable reluctance to attend in-person appointments, health-care and insurance providers have had to adapt with extraordinary quickness.

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September 16, 2020 | Slice of Healthcare Podcast

Slice of Healthcare Podcast with Dr. Bradley Younggren

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Seattle, 98point6 is pioneering a new approach to primary care. By pairing deep technology with board-certified physicians, our vision is to make primary care more accessible and affordable—leading to better health and reducing the cost of care. They meet consumers where they are by offering private, text-based diagnosis and treatment via a mobile app.

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September 15, 2020 | Homeland Preparedness News

BARDA Joins 98point6 COVID-19 Effort

The development of a diagnostic tool for assessing, diagnosing, reporting, and tracking COVID-19 patients by 98point6 is now being supported by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

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September 11, 2020 | Medical Countermeasures.gov

BARDA and 98point6 Partner to Accelerate COVID-19 Program

BARDA and 98point6 have forged a partnership to accelerate efforts on their comprehensive program of assessment, triage, diagnosis, reporting and tracking of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. By connecting people with board-certified physicians through the convenience of an easy-to-use mobile app, 98point6 empowers patients to seek and receive care safely from their remote location, preventing the unnecessary spread of infection.

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September 9, 2020 | GreekWire Studios

How do we collaborate and innovate together in the midst of a pandemic?

A GeekWire Studios virtual session with leaders from Premera and their partners in delivering text & video-based virtual care to nearly all 2.3 million Premera and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington members. The panel explored “Just-in-Time” innovation collaboration for on-demand care, telehealth treatment for opioid addiction and other behavioral health applications and consumerism’s impact on post-pandemic healthcare delivery

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August 28, 2020 | CTA

98point6 Is Transforming Virtual Health Care with Text-Based Primary Care

Consumers today expect convenience in all aspects of their lives, including health care. Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® member 98point6 is meeting this need while maintaining quality of care. The company offers private and secure text-based care via a mobile app. Its services include unlimited access to medical consults, diagnosis, treatment, ordering of labs and prescriptions, follow-ups and reminders.

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August 25, 2020 | LoopNet

Healthcare Firm’s New Office Is a Modern, Dynamic Digital Space

Healthcare company 98point6 is anything but a generic medical practice — and its new office design reflects its modern approach to patient care. Infused with vibrant colors and greenery, the space on the 25th floor of Seattle’s Columbia Center building boasts sweeping views of downtown Seattle, Elliot Bay and Mount Rainier.

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August 18, 2020 | The Tech Tribune

2021 Best Tech Startups in Seattle

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Seattle, Washington. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to: revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product traction, competitive landscape. Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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August 13, 2020 | CBInsights

Digital Health 150: The Digital Health Startups Transforming The Future Of Healthcare

The Digital Health 150 is CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 150 most promising digital health startups in the world. This year’s winning companies include startups working on interoperability, at-home care, emerging benefits, and more.

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August 12, 2020 | Cheddar

Pediatrician Dr. Jud Heugel Says ‘Not Sharing is the New Caring’

Elementary school will look a little different this year. Dr. Jud Heugel, Pediatrician and Director of Pediatrics at 98point6, joins Cheddar to discuss how to prepare kids to return to school.

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August 11, 2020 | Spokesman.com

Washington’s Rural Health Care Is at a Crossroads

For too long, rural health care has remained overlooked and underfunded, in some ways invisible to the rest of the American health care system. Now, the coronavirus is putting Washington’s rural health care at a critical crossroads.

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July 29, 2020 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle Startup Delivers Virtual Health Care to Homeless in LA

98point6, a virtual primary care provider based in Seattle, is working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to deliver health care services to thousands of people without permanent shelter. And it’s looking to do the same in Seattle.

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July 22, 2020 | MedCity News

Beyond COVID-19: Five Opportunities for Startups To Reshape the Future Healthcare Landscape

The novel coronavirus pandemic has upended the world as we know it, taking an unprecedented toll on health and human life. The healthcare ecosystem has quickly mobilized to mitigate the crisis – modifying care access points and modalities while producing financing mechanisms to sustain patient care amidst dire circumstances.

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July 16, 2020 | GeekWire

Presenting the 2020 GeekWire Awards Finalists

It has been a few months since we announced our Awards’ finalists and since COVID-19 delayed our physical show, we wanted to provide a quick refresher on who is in the running for this prestigious event.

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July 10, 2020 | GeekWire

GeekWire 200 Update: Health Tech and B2C Startups Rise Up Rankings

The ongoing global pandemic is rewriting the startup playbook. Some companies have accelerated growth plans, many pivoted or reduced staff, and others are cautiously charging ahead.

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June 30, 2020 | Business Insider

A New Bill Asks Congress To Make Expanded Telehealth Coverage By The CARES Act Permanent

A bill introduced in the House — called the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act — would ensure that telehealth regulations implemented through the CARES Act in response to the pandemic remain permanent. If passed, the proposed legislation will allow the HHS to waive geographical limitations for Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth or remote patient monitoring services, as well as establish permanent telehealth coverage at Rural Health Clinics (RHC).

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June 25, 2020 | Forbes

How Hospitals Can Reverse The Patient Deferment Trend

From twice-yearly dentist appointments and annual physicals to routine surgeries or emergency services, healthcare is essential to our lives and a constant in an otherwise hectic world. But even before the unprecedented spread of Covid-19, our research found that 23.24% of American consumers were intentionally choosing to defer both routine and necessary health care services.

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June 24, 2020 | Paradox Podcast

The Paradocs Podcast: Primary Care by Text Message with Dr. Brad Younggren

What does it mean to have a virtual telehealth doctor’s visit? Can artificial intelligence (AI) and telehealth actually work in a medical setting in a way that doesn’t frustrate doctors or patients? Well, my guest today is the chief medical officer of 98Point6 which is a text based primary care service for patients.

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June 19, 2020 | Architect Magazine

Best Practice Architecture, 98point6 Gallery

Looking to grow their existing office in Seattle’s iconic Columbia Center, text-based primary care provider 98point6 added the 25th floor to their existing floor of workspace, boasting panoramic views of Downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier. The company selected Best Practice Architecture to tackle the design of the new office, and the result is a vibrant, color-infused space that creates a range of places to work flexibly and is both full of spirit and greenery.

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June 17, 2020 | Bloomberg

Telehealth, Tested in Covid-19 Crucible, Expands in Health Plans

Convinced that telemedicine, which exploded during Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders, is here to stay, insurers are moving to expand networks and provide virtual primary care plans at lower premiums and less cost-sharing for patients.

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June 15, 2020 | Home Health News

Senior Telehealth Use Continues to Rise, Despite Home Health Limitations

The health care sector has long had the capability to use telehealth, but it took the COVID-19 emergency to prompt widespread adoption. After three months of the crisis, emerging data is now making the sweeping rate of that adoption clearer. Seniors are among the most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. Recently unveiled data suggests that telehealth usage has skyrocketed within this group, in particular.

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June 3, 2020 | Business Insider

The State of Virtual Care In the U.S.

The coronavirus pandemic has been a watershed moment for telehealth — or the use of mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and patient monitoring — as patients have had to reimagine the ways they seek healthcare.

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May 29, 2020 | Healthline

Model Finds Midwest and Southern States at Risk for COVID-19 Surges as They Reopen

It could begin anywhere. As restrictions are eased nationwide, any stray cough or sneeze could potentially start a new wave of COVID-19.

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May 27, 2020 | Design Milk

Best Practice Architecture Designs a Color Rich Office for Healthcare App

In Seattle’s Columbia Center, text-based healthcare app 98point6 has taken over the 25th floor with an expanded workspace that includes panoramic views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier. Designed by Best Practice Architecture alongside Architect of Record Marvin Yamaguchi, the new office is an open, light-filled space boasting a dynamic color palette, plenty of greenery, and flexible workspaces for all to partake.

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May 27, 2020 | Bloomberg

Companies in Demand During Virus Outbreak Make Key Legal Hires

Telehealth startup 98point6 Inc.’s legal group has found itself in the enviable position of expanding during the past two months as employers embraced on-demand virtual health care technology. The privately held company’s nine-person legal team, which includes lawyers, paralegals, security officers, and compliance professionals, has adapted to sweeping regulatory changes such as the CARES Act, while also helping wrap up a $43 million financing round in April led by the merchant banking arm of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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May 27, 2020 | Healthcare Business Today

Now Is the Time to Support Our Essential Workers and Allow Employers to Provide Access to Care for Their Frontline Employees

It’s a pivotal time in modern history, and humanity is facing a crossroads. Our American lawmakers are in the spotlight, working hard to develop public policy responses to the greatest healthcare and economic disruption in the history of our country.

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May 19, 2020 | Business Insider

Premera Blue Cross Is Launching Its First-Ever Virtual Primary Care Plan

Premera Blue Cross launched its first-ever virtual primary care plan, dubbed Premera Now, in partnership with primary care telehealth company 98point6. The plan will be available to employers in Washington state starting October 1st.

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May 18, 2020 | Fierce Healthcare

Premera Blue Cross Teams Up with 98point6 to Launch Virtual Primary Care Plan

Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth company 98point6, will offer free virtual visits through the platform and a lower premium compared to a standard PPO plan, Premera said in an announcement.

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May 14, 2020 | Globe Newswire

Premera Blue Cross Launches Its First Virtual Primary Care Health Plan

The trusted family doctor is going virtual just in time for the upcoming employer open enrollment season, thanks to the launch of Premera Blue Cross’ first-ever virtual primary care plan, the company announced today.

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May 14, 2020 | Built In Seattle

How to Align Teams Behind a Product Roadmap

“The one thing we know for sure about a plan is that it is going to change.” This saying is one the team at 98point6 is fond of saying because it’s true, especially when applied to product roadmaps, said Siddharth Bhatia, director of product at the Seattle-based healthtech startup.

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May 14, 2020 | Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross Launches Its First Virtual Primary Care Health Plan

The trusted family doctor is going virtual just in time for the upcoming employer open enrollment season, thanks to the launch of Premera Blue Cross’ first-ever virtual primary care plan, the company announced today. Called Premera NOW, the new product leverages digital solutions to help customers access care easily and affordably without leaving the comfort of their home. Washington-state employers can purchase the product now for availability October 1, 2020.

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May 12, 2020 | HR Executive

Here’s How Employers Are Changing Benefits Due to COVID-19

More employers are turning to benefits to help employees through the coronavirus pandemic. Despite some companies reducing costs though furloughs, pay cuts and reductions to 401(k) matching contributions, nearly half of employers surveyed by Willis Towers Watson say they’re enhancing healthcare benefits and broadening wellbeing programs as a result of the current environment.

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May 5, 2020 | Inside Health Policy

Stakeholders Seek Legislative Fix To Allow Stand-Alone Telehealth

Congress should include in the next stimulus bill language that would let employers offer their part-time or seasonal workers stand-alone telehealth services without running afoul of existing law, say employer groups and telehealth providers. The providers are already lobbying Treasury to administratively allow such plans, but they say legislation is also needed to ensure employers can act without risk of lawsuits.

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May 5, 2020 | T-Mobile News

Telemedicine: Telesafe, Teleconvenient

One of the apps you’ll likely come across in searching for a new doctor and telehealth service is 98point6, which offers on-demand, text-based primary care. Dozens of full-time, board-certified primary care physicians provide diagnoses and treatments through the app. “It’s truly a primary care experience rather than a traditional telehealth visit,” says Brad Younggren, 98point6’s chief medical officer. “Doctors are doing almost everything they’d do in a brick and mortar office.”

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May 5, 2020 | Inc.

Introducing Inc.’s Best Workplaces of 2020

While great companies and the people who run them are always top of mind at Inc., at this moment in particular–with orders canceled, offices emptied, and many businesses driven to the brink–it is completely time to celebrate the companies that have managed to rise above. Here, find practical advice for managing teams, motivating performance, and leading with integrity–in good times and bad.

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