6 recent payer mental health moves

Payers are adding new mental health services for members and investing in future technologies for mental healthcare. Here are six mental health moves Becker's has reported since Oct. 5. 

Cigna CEO David Cordani told Fortune's "Leadership Next" podcast employers now have employee well-being and mental health "front and center." The payer recently unveiled a new vitality index designed to measure multiple areas of population mental and physical health. 

Amerigroup Texas is partnering with Movito, a healthcare technology developer, to increase the number of mental health therapists in rural, remote and underserved areas. Movito will connect therapists in rural areas who need additional supervision to get their licenses with practitioners virtually. 

Molina Healthcare of California is partnering with digital behavioral health company BeMe to provide teenagers with mental health support through the BeMe app. The company provides activities and one-on-one coaching to provide support and coping skills for teenagers. 

Cigna Ventures and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona were among the backers of a $44.5 million investment in virtual mental healthcare provider Valera Health. 

UnitedHealth Group's philanthropic foundation will commit $3 million over the next three years to help nonprofit Active Minds launch a pilot program to better serve youth mental health at the middle school level. 

Kaiser Permanente is partnering with provider Ginger to offer emotional telehealth support services to members. Members will be able to access no cost and appointment-free text messaging-based support coaches, personalized tools and resources, and a platform to track progress and goals. 

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