New Research Shows Powerful Actions by Health Insurance Providers…

WASHINGTON, DC – (August 4, 2022) – Every American deserves access to mental health care that is effective and affordable. A new study released today by AHIP shows how insurers are improving access to mental health care by bringing high-quality providers into their networks, training and supporting primary care physicians (PCPs) to care for patients with better health and wellness. , and help patients find available health care centers.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse,” said Kate Berry, Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at AHIP. “The mismatch between the availability of mental health and substance abuse patients and the need for care is a long-standing problem. This is why health insurance providers are working hard to improve their service networks and increase access to care.”

When health care providers participate in health care systems, care becomes more affordable, and providers are more responsive. By offering plans with many online psychiatrists, effective mental health care is more accessible and affordable. And by integrating medical care and primary care, health insurance providers are connecting with physicians and psychiatrists to meet patients where they are and provide continuous, comprehensive, and effective care.

The main findings of this study are as follows:

  • All respondents (100%) providing tele-behavioral health services.
  • A number of online health care providers have it has grown by 48% in three years among commercial health plans.
  • Most health plans (89%) are urgent recruitment of medical personnelincluding professionals who reflect the diversity of the people they serve (83%), and 78% said so rate of payment to service providers in an effort to recruit the best professionals to their network plan.
  • The the number of providers who are eligible to provide medical assistance (MAT) interfering with drug use, including opioid dependence, it has doubled
    – 114% growth in three years.
  • Most of the strong (72%) of the plans are train and support PCPs to care for patients with chronic/refractory health conditions.
  • Most (83%) of the plans explain support enrollees in accessing mental and behavioral health services.
  • Majority (78%) use special case managers to follow up after the emergency room and patient care and/or starting a new medication.
  • More than half of Americansabout 180 million Support provided by the employer for their medical needs – which provides the most important way to get the most important medical care.

“Health insurance providers are taking steps to improve mental health care by identifying the health needs of their members, collaborating with providers, and reducing stigma,” said Berry. “Although much work has been done, health insurance providers recognize the need to address systemic issues. This can only be achieved by all stakeholders in health care working together to ensure that Americans have access to the high quality health care they deserve. “

AHIP conducted a survey on mental health in the commercial market in May-June 2022. The survey was administered to all health plans with AHIP members enrolled in the group (self-insured and fully insured) and individual markets (replacement and dropout). . The survey received responses from plans representing 95 million registered business partners.

Click here to view the survey.

Click here to learn more about AHIP for mental health.

Click here to see what health insurance providers are doing in response to medical demands.

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About AHIP

AHIP is a national organization whose members provide health care, services, and solutions to hundreds of millions of Americans every day. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that improve health care and make healthcare affordable and accessible to everyone. Visit www.ahip.org to learn how we work together, leading to Greater Health.