Pandemic’s Threat to Mental Health Requires Payer Outreach

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cut a devastating path — medically, socially and economically — across the U.S., signs are emerging that the situation is beginning to take a heavy toll on people’s mental health.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted March 25 to 30 found that 47% of people who were sheltering in place reported negative mental health effects resulting from worry or stress related to the coronavirus. Similarly, a survey released March 25 by the American Psychiatric Association found that 36% of Americans said the coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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