AHIP, which stands for America’s Health Insurance Plans, issued a statement and “advocacy vision” at a time its member health plans are looking beyond paying and coordinating just medical care but also integrating behavioral health care into benefit plans for their government, commercial and employer clients.
“The COVID-19 pandemic made very clear that mental health is everyone’s issue, whether people are struggling with anxiety or depression, have been diagnosed with a complex mental health condition, or are working to overcome substance use disorder,” AHIP president Matt Eyles said . “With these commitments and roadmap, health insurance providers will advocate for solutions that are working to expand access, promote quality and value, promote parity, advance equity, and improve the experience for patients and their families.”
The effort also comes at a time the Biden administration is working on various measures to improve and integrate mental healthcare into government subsidized health insurance. Meanwhile, health insurers are rolling out more products that include mental health benefits and substance use disorder treatments that traditionally weren’t a part of medical plans they have long sold.
AHIP, which includes the giant health insurer Elevance Health, formerly Anthem; CVS Health, the parent of Aetna; Cigna; Humans; Centene and scores of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans as member companies, also wants to assure doctors and other medical care providers of their commitments when they are often skeptical of