Cigna expands virtual therapy to meet mental health demand
Cigna, one of the largest health insurance providers in the world, has expanded its virtual mental health provider network to make it easier for patients to access care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Patients can talk, text or video with a therapist on demand.
The expansion includes partnering with major mobile therapy company, Talkspace, to provide patients access to licensed therapists on examine from their cell phone or computer. In Arizona and other select states, patients can also access virtual mental health services through Meru Health’s 12-week app program.
Coronavirus taking toll on emotional health
COVID-19 has accelerated the need for digital options for patients, said Dr. Rodgers M. Wilson, market medical executive for Cigna in Arizona where the company has over 465,000 customers.
Isolation, unemployment, being cooped up at home. These are raising anxiety levels and substance abuse in American households.
“We do know clinically, there’s an increase in alcohol consumption, there’s an increase in anxiety and there’s a recent report that indicated that 46 percent of Americans are concerned about getting the COVID-19 virus,” Wilson said.