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Blue Cross Blue Shield helps create free virtual group therapy sessions

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Posted at 9:33 PM, May 11, 2020

DETROIT, Mich. — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are launching new telehealth programs with behavioral health providers for members who are interested in participating in group sessions to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health with a trained therapist.

The programs are available for free to members with Blue Cross and Blue Care Network behavioral health coverage through June 30.

“The pandemic has disrupted lives and caused stress – both from a medical and financial perspective – for our members in Michigan,” said Dr. William Beecroft, medical director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “People are experiencing loneliness, isolation, financial burden, family stress, grief and fear due to the pandemic.”

Groups may use a blend of psychoeducation, cognitive therapy and CBT-based meditation to achieve these outcomes.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have enacted several measures to increase the safety and convenience of accessing health care for all members during the pandemic.

These include free COVID-19 diagnostic lab testing and treatment when consistent with CDC guidelines, offering telehealth medical and behavioral health visits for common services at no cost through June 30 for members with existing benefits, a free 24-hour nurse line and waived refill limits for 30-day and 90-day prescription maintenance medications.

More information on these services is available here.