Every American deserves access to physical and mental health support, and health insurance providers are working to help them find the services they need at an affordable price. Nearly 180 million Americans have employer-provided coverage (EPC) for their health care needs, providing an essential pathway to access quality mental health support. In fact, new research conducted by AHIP [email protected] The campaign shows nearly one in four Americans – 41 million people – received mental health support in 2020 through employer coverage. This includes 6 million children who received mental health support as dependents under an employer-provided scheme.
“Health insurance providers are committed to working together to improve access to mental health support for every covered patient who needs it. We will continue to work with community leaders and government officials to improve access to mental health care,” said
AHIP’s research was based on mental health support-related medical and pharmaceutical claims data from the IBM(R) MarketScan(R) business database for the period
* 41 million Americans with employer-provided coverage received mental health support in 2020.
* 6 million children received mental health services and treatment through a parent or guardian’s employer plan in 2020.
* Nearly 40% of psychotherapy visits were made through a telehealth appointment in 2020, up from less than 1% in 2019, a hundredfold increase in just one year.
* Patients spent less than
More than half of patients who sought mental health support received it through a primary care physician (PCP). Psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and therapists provide valuable and expert support, while PCPs offer a holistic approach to physical and mental health support, from anxiety and depression to medication and to comprehensive care for more complex conditions.
“We need more innovative collaborations and solutions with mental health professionals and communities to address these complex issues. Health insurance providers are helping to make that happen,” Eyles said.
To achieve further improvements and continue to expand access to mental health support, AHIP proposes that
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