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Your Employees Still Have Other Health Needs

Let's not forget that as much as life seems so different right now, employees still have health needs in addition to those associated with COVID-19. In addition, this global pandemic itself impacts other aspects of your employee's health. Remind your employees of key benefits that will help them navigate through these tough times, such as:

Telehealth: Using telehealth for non-emergent health needs, when appropriate, can keep your employees and their families out of ERs and physician offices where they may be exposed to coronavirus. Avoiding ERs unless it is a true emergency will also help protect that valuable resource for those that need it most, including your employees with strokes, heart attacks, injuries, COVID-19 and other emergent conditions.

EAP, tele-behavioral health, other advocacy/support benefits: The added stress and fear of coronavirus can exacerbate mental health and substance use conditions or, perhaps, even contribute to new ones.  18% of Americans already struggle with anxiety and 61% of employees indicate their mental health impacts their work. Click here to see the World Health Organization's mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for a timely article from Employee Benefit News.

Mail order prescriptions: Employees with chronic conditions are at higher risk if infected so must continue to manage their conditions and make healthy choices to stay as healthy as possible. The CDC calls for an "emergency supply" of prescription medications but doesn't specify if that is one or three months. Encourage your employees to talk with their doctor to see if they should increase their one-month supply to three months. Remind your employees of their mail order benefits. Using mail order will help increase social distancing and provided access to needed medications if they have to stay at home for an extended period of time.

Health and wellbeing programs: Physical activity and eating healthy foods have a direct impact on your employee's mental as well as physical health. Other programs that are especially effective for this time include mindfulness, sleep and whole person care. With more employees working remotely, reinforce the programs that are available online and even consider making additional online resources available. Don't forget to deploy strategies to keep your remote employees connected to each other and engaged, perhaps with friendly competitions. Click here to access the slides and additional resources from MBGH's 2019 Annual Conference "Putting It All Together: Physical + Mental Health" to get ideas.

Are there other benefits we should highlight? Email Cristie at [email protected] and we will post them here!

Posted by Cristie Travis at 5:04 PM

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