By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH
Cigna is making digital mental health services available to its entire 14 million member nationwide network, and featured health tech startup, Ginger, to deliver the new benefit. Cigna’s Chief Behavioral Health Physician Doug Nemecek and Ginger CEO Russ Glass stop to discuss the deal and why Cigna is committing to expanding its behavioral health offering.
It’s not just about treating mental health as a result of Covid; Cigna actually views Ginger’s behavioral health coaching model as preventative. Will other health plans follow this example? Could expanded coverage of low-acuity mental health services become mainstream? Doug talks about what’s to come for mental health care from a population health perspective and how services like Ginger’s give primary care documents a standard and trusted provider they can trust. refer patients when it comes to increasingly common problems such as depression and anxiety. For Russ and Ginger, who talk about using virtual care to correct the “supply-demand imbalance” in mental health care, what will more than double their current client base (from? 10 million to 24 million) to their own ability to provide a supply? It’s a moment of truth for the digital mental health industry and we have the details!