While we continue to do everything we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks in public, we must also get the care that protects and improves our health, according to the Chief Medical Officers of Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans.
To gain a better understanding of how the pandemic has affected mental health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had a conversation with Dr. Steven Sehr, senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross, and Dr. Ryan Van Wyk, specialty lead for the North Memorial Health Mental Health Services Center.
Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have long valued diversity, equity and inclusion, and in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, they have made robust pledges to further advance racial justice within their organizations and in our communities.
Now that we are able to enjoy more flexibility, we also must remember that we’re living in a new era when it comes to work and personal safety. As we return to the office, attend small family gatherings and maybe visit some lakes, pools, restaurants and malls, we need to be even more sensitive to the risks involved.
The state legislature recently passed the ground-breaking Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency Act, mandating that drug companies must now notify Minnesota consumers when they institute significant price hikes for certain prescription medications.
Don’t drink and drive, wear your seat belt and put on your sunscreen are being joined by wash your hands, wear your mask and stay 6 feet away from others as universal messages this summer from healthcare professionals.
One silver lining of this unprecedented crisis is that it is also bringing people together in ways big and small. If we needed any more evidence that our Council members support the overall well-being of their enrollees, then this situation is proving it.