BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas. (2018). What BCBSTX Learned From Hurricane Harvey Insurance Claims.
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas reviewed member claims for the 6 months post-Harvey and compared them to the same time period the previous year and found that “many people turned to technology in the form of telemedicine for the first time.” There was a rise in mental and physical health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as infectious and parasitic diseases post-Harvey. The claims data also showed an increase in substance abuse, pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).