Nearly 25% of employees used their job insurance for mental health in 2020

Forty-one million of the nearly 180 million Americans with employer-provided health insurance received mental health support in 2020, according to the health insurer lobby and trade group America's Health Insurance Plans.

The group's May 12 report was based on medical and pharmacy mental health support claims data from the IBM MarketScan Commercial Database from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2020. 

Four things to know:

1. More than half of patients who sought mental health support received it through a primary care physician.  

2. About 40 percent of psychotherapy visits were conducted via telehealth in 2020 amid the pandemic. Less than 1 percent of psychotherapy visits were conducted via telehealth in 2019.  

3. Six million children received mental health services through a parent or guardian's employer-provided plan in 2020. 

4. Patients spent less than $15 in out-of-pocket costs for most drugs prescribed to treat mental health conditions.

Read the full report here.

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