In the latest example of quick action, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is sharing the work that health insurance providers are making to assist the communities most devastated by COVID-19.
It’s no secret that communities of color have been more adversely impacted by this pandemic than others. But according to Dr. Garth Graham, VP of Community Health at CVS Health, “The way the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in minority communities did not come out of the blue. What drives differences in life expectancy is housing, education, and socioeconomic status overall. And that plays a direct role in what we’re seeing in the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Supporting these communities requires a concerted, nationwide effort, and various health insurance providers are working to provide exactly that. A few notable examples include:
When food banks in New Orleans could no longer distribute food from their buildings due to social distancing guidelines, Humana deployed a team of vans to deliver food directly to families in need.
With millions of people out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis, CareSource is helping members find jobs by connecting them with coaching and employers that have continued to hire during the crisis.
In Massachusetts, Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) has worked with local and state governments to set up and operate six hotels to serve as isolation and recovery sites for homeless and marginally housed individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 but didn’t require hospital care. There, CCA provides residents with essential services, such as addiction services, housing assistance, and other community resources to address socioeconomic needs.
You can read more about the latest agile accommodations that health insurance providers are making for their members here.