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Health Insurance Resources: Telehealth and Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way that we live our normal day to day lives. We are wearing face masks when we go out in public for essential needs only. Gone are the days of meeting up with friends and family for parties, dinner, shopping, or a day at the park. As the pandemic continues and health risks are more prevalent than ever before, people are feeling the differences in a big way.

The New Age of Telehealth

When we think of the COVID-19 pandemic, our mind immediately goes to the physical health concerns and making sure we do not get sick. However, health concerns go far beyond this. Mental health is also a concern as people are isolated from friends, family, coworkers etc. Beyond that, we are all adjusting to new daily routines. You might be hesitant to expose yourself to seek treatment for mental health.

That is why many healthcare providers are utilizing telehealth. Telehealth is a new term that refers to “use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration”. Read on to learn about available resources for you and your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telehealth Support During COVID-19

There are several health issues that do not necessarily require going to the doctor, but we go anyways in order to be cautious. We need to get a prescription renewed, discuss symptoms, or even show a skin irritation. Health insurance providers like Cigna are offering telehealth services that are even more helpful during times of a pandemic. Emergency Rooms and doctor’s offices are trying to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. Of course, this is important to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Telehealth options allow for patients to speak with a doctor or nurse about less severe health concerns without risking exposure to the coronavirus.

Mental Health and Coronavirus

When we think about a global health pandemic, we consider making adjustments to our life to protect our physical health. It may not be easy, but it is essential. Most of us can agree everyone has had to make sacrifices. We are canceling large events, staying 6 feet apart as often as possible, and being transparent about our health. Stores are asking that people who have a cough or fever or even feel slightly under weather avoid entering their stores. Certainly, we are seeing some states and regions be successful at flattening the curve with these drastic efforts. But what about the toll on Mental Health during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Mental Health Resources

Nearly 18% of the United States adult population suffers from mental illness such as depression and bipolar disorder. With more people staying inside and largely decreasing their contact with their communities, these illnesses become difficult to handle alone. There are several health care options that allow for mental health assistance during this time. Aetna has options for its policyholders to prioritize their mental wellness. The Resources for Living program helps people to cope with the stress of the Coronavirus. If you do not have Mental Health Coverage, contact your provider to make a positive change. There are online platforms like TalkSpace and BetterHelp that are even more convenient for mental health resources now. Get the mental support you need, when you need it.

The Takeaway

Take the time to focus on your physical and mental health during the challenging time of coronavirus. Here at Insuravita, we know the value of holistic wellness and having access to make the best decisions for you and your family. Take the time to get a quote today and learn more about your options.

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