As the need to manage mental health continues to grow, Aetna is launching a new plan that will offer members a personalized approach to care. The “Healthy Minds” plan will give members the opportunity to access mental health support at a lower cost and prepare them to better manage their condition.
“We conducted a rigorous consumer needs analysis that uncovered accessibility and affordability in managing mental health as a major unmet need among consumers,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of Consumer Product Management at Aetna. “The Healthy Minds plan is designed to meet that need and provide the personalized health care experience that consumers desire.”
Mental health needs
About 17 percent of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Only about 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health, according to the CDC.
“Healthy Minds” is a part of Aetna’s Leap plans, which are designed to give members more control over choice and value. One of Aetna’s first Leap plans was established in early 2016 to support people with diabetes, by giving patients easier access to specialists to help them successfully manage the condition.
Offering condition-specific health insurance plans puts an emphasis on that member’s unique health needs
Offering condition-specific health insurance plans puts an emphasis on a member’s unique health needs.
Giving patients access to resources
Members enrolled in a Healthy Minds plan will be encouraged to take steps to manage their health. They may visit in-network psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors or social workers without additional out of pocket cost. The Healthy Minds plan will also provide members with low co-pays for prescription generic medication and for everyday medical care, including visits to a primary care physician.
Members enrolled in the Healthy Minds plan will also be able to access “myStrength,” a self-help resource that consists of a suite of interactive web and mobile apps. Designed to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression, myStrength delivers evidence-based psychotherapy models, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness acceptance and motivational interviewing.
The Healthy Minds plan will be offered during the 2017 Open Enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 1, 2016. In its initial roll out, the plan will be available to people in Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia. This plan is not restricted to individuals who have a mental health diagnosis, and individuals with a mental health diagnosis are not limited to this as a plan selection.