Priority Health expands partnership with MDLIVE to offer enhanced out-of-state behavioral health benefits

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – November 19, 2020) Priority Health announced today that it has expanded its partnership with MDLIVE, the nation's largest telehealth network, to offer out-of-state behavioral health coverage to its Medicare and Individual market members beginning January 1, 2021. Priority Health's existing partnership with MDLIVE provides out-of-state medical coverage through telehealth services. The addition of behavioral health services will allow members who live or are traveling outside the state of Michigan to virtually connect with thousands of licensed behavioral health providers.

"Access to behavioral health professionals has been a long-standing issue within the healthcare industry," said Mike Jasperson, Senior Vice President of Provider Network Strategy at Priority Health. "As we continue to see an increase in the number of Americans experiencing mental illness, we want to do everything we can to ensure that our members, whether in the state of Michigan or not, have quick and seamless access to the help they need. MDLIVE has been a trusted partner of ours for years, and we look forward to leveraging their out-of-state behavioral health network to provide our members the very best care."

MDLIVE's behavioral health services provide members access to licensed, psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors, and clinical social workers. All MDLIVE behavioral health providers use HIPAA-compliant services and technology to ensure privacy.

Priority Health members seeking telehealth within the state of Michigan continue to use the Spectrum Health App to connect with licensed providers for medical or behavioral health concerns.

About Priority Health:

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering a broad portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than a million members each year, and offering a network that includes 97 percent of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Priority Health is the smart choice for people seeking affordable, quality health coverage.