Everyone deserves access to effective and affordable mental health support and counseling. Medicare Advantage delivers high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care to more than 28 million seniors and individuals with disabilities – including mental health support.
The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the demand for mental health support. Medicare Advantage adapted to help members navigate the pandemic and shelter at home by expanding access to telehealth, including tele-mental health appointments, and virtual fitness classes, while also working to reduce stigma and isolation.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) is highlighting stories from our Coalition members and advocates demonstrating the ways Medicare Advantage supports members’ mental health by delivering better services, better access to care, and better value.
When Coalition member Anne was experiencing a stressful family situation, her Medicare Advantage coverage stepped in to ensure she had access to a counselor. Anne described finding a counselor through her Medicare Advantage coverage as “an easy process for me.”
Coalition member Pat described mental health as a “central piece” of the support Medicare Advantage delivers to members. Especially during the pandemic, Pat highlighted the importance of being able to talk to a mental health professional by phone or video via telehealth appointment.
Coalition member Maureen sought bereavement support to help her cope after her sister passed away. Maureen’s Medicare Advantage coverage connected her with group counseling and offered additional support during a difficult period of time.
Jocelyne Fliger is a Medicare Advantage advocate and CEO of Elder Care Services in Florida. As someone who works with the senior community every day, Jocelyne explained the impact of counseling services provided through Medicare Advantage – breaking down social isolation, helping seniors to feel connected, and addressing emotional needs.
The stories from our Coalition members and advocates are a testament to the many ways Medicare Advantage delivers high-quality, affordable, and comprehensive health coverage – including mental health support – for over 28 million seniors and people with disabilities.