Alma – which is a business services platform for independent mental health practitioners – has joined the behavioral health network of health care solutions provider Evernorth, which is a division of insurer Cigna (NYSE: CI).
The partnership has already taken effect, as Evernorth customers are currently able to use Alma’s online directory to locate in-network therapists for services. The company’s therapists offer sliding scale payment options, with patients able to tailor their preferences for services based on demographic filters such as race, gender and sexual orientation.
Founded in 2018, New York-based Alma has raised $90.5 million to date, according to fundraising tracking site Crunchbase.
“Our expansion with Evernorth marks a major step forward in our commitment to make high quality mental health care more accessible and affordable for people across the country,” Harry Ritter, Alma’s founder and CEO, said in a press release issued by the company. “As we expand nationally, we’re focused on building a network of diverse and culturally competent therapists to ensure we’re better serving people’s needs and providing true access.”
Alma’s platform supports in-person services and virtual in-network mental health care, with telehealth available in 48 states. Alma’s services are currently available in full in 16 states, according to the company’s website.