UnitedAg Expands Relationship with Teladoc, Adding Behavioral Health and Other Clinical Specialties
35,000 UnitedAg members now have greater access to a full suite of affordable, quality care options
LEWISVILLE, Texas (January 12, 2017) – Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the undisputed leader in telehealth, providing access to care for millions, announces that UnitedAg has expanded the telehealth benefits for its 35,000 insured members to include coverage for behavioral health, dermatology and smoking cessation. With strong utilization across Teladoc's wide array of general health services, along with a high percentage of repeat telehealth visits, UnitedAg sees significant value in providing these additional services to its members.
"A big part of the value equation that we offer our members and their families is access to cost-effective, high-quality care through Teladoc," said Kirti Mutatkar, president and CEO of UnitedAg. "Since we joined Teladoc in July 2015, our members have continued to use and rely on their telehealth benefits, so the choice to further expand this relationship is a logical one."
UnitedAg is an Association Health Plan serving more than 600 agricultural member groups and over 35,000 covered lives. The tele-behavioral services from Teladoc are expected to be of significant value as farming and mental health experts cite two key factors – a reluctance to seek help and the distance many farms are from mental health care centers and professionals – for the higher than average rate of behavioral health issues among agricultural workers. Telehealth can assist in overcoming both of these barriers.*
"The true value of the full suite of Teladoc clinical capabilities is realized when our partners like UnitedAg extend access to their members, and those most in need can count on quality care, wherever they are," said Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer, Teladoc. "As we expand our relationship with UnitedAg, we will continue our active engagement with them and their members to assure that all parties derive maximum value from the Teladoc telemedicine services."
For more information on the Teladoc suite of clinical services, visit https://www.teladoc.com/what-can-i-use-it-for/.
* According to a study from the CDC, men who work in the farming, fishing and forestry industries had the highest suicide rate of any occupational group.
Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC) is the nation's leading provider of telehealth services and a pioneering force in bringing the virtual care visit into the mainstream of today's health care ecosystem. Serving some 7,000 clients — including health plans, health systems, employers and other organizations — more than 17 million members can use phone, mobile devices and secure online video to connect within minutes to Teladoc's network of more than 3,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health specialists, 24/7. With national coverage, a robust, scalable platform and a Lewisville, TX-based member services center staffed by 400 employees, Teladoc offers the industry's most comprehensive and complete telehealth solution including primary care, behavioral health care, dermatology, tobacco cessation and more. For additional information, please visit www.teladoc.com.
About United Ag
Founded in 1980, UnitedAg is a member-owned agricultural trade association dedicated to providing innovative solutions for a strong and healthy agricultural industry. UnitedAg represents more than 600 agriculture-affiliated member organizations, including agricultural companies (growers, shippers, coolers, processors, dairy and livestock producers, and supporting businesses); associates; cooperatives; and partner agricultural associations. UnitedAg helps its members meet their employee benefits needs, promotes their interests with lawmakers, and helps them comply with legislation and regulation. Based in Irvine, Calif., UnitedAg has offices in Oxnard, Corona, Salinas, Fresno and Santa Maria. For more information, visit www.unitedag.org or call (800) 223-4590.