A new report by Milliman sheds light on the utilization of mental health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
This newly released analysis of 12.5 million individuals’ commercial insurance, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare fee-for-service (MSSP), and Medicare Advantage claims between January-August 2019 and January-August 2020 is one of few reports seeking to understand how mental health care was impacted by COVID-19 in a similar – and, at times, different – way to physical health care.
Key findings from the report show that:
“When Covid-19 forced people to press pause on receiving non-emergent care, there was a lot of conversation about the impact delayed care would have on individuals unknowingly living with cancer, cardiac, or chronic conditions,” said Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust.
“There was noticeably less conversation about the impact that this would have on the millions of Americans confronting mental health and addiction issues, for whom there were already barriers to care even before the global pandemic.”