Healthcare in a Digital World

March 22, 2016

Sometime between me having a $20 co-pay on my parents insurance, to having super affordable insurance in South Carolina, to now having tremendously high deductibles, healthcare has changed.

I know some are going to point to Obamacare. Obamacare has been an amazing resource for lower income people who couldn’t afford insurance before, or for those who had pre-existing conditions and couldn’t get healthcare coverage. But for me and my family, healthcare has gotten a lot harder and more expensive.

We currently have a $5,000 deductible, which means I only go to the doctor if I think I am dying. Obviously not smart, but I hate the thought of paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket to a medical provider for issues like “I hurt my wrist lifting something” or “Lately when I’ve been hiking, I get a painful sensation behind my knee.

Needless to say, I got really really excited when I found out about a web application called MavenMaven is the first digital clinic for women. I have access to vetted health and wellness providers via video and private message. I can get questions answered, or get a prescription. They have a huge network of providers includes nurse practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatric nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, mental health specialists and pregnancy specialists like doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, and more.

The best part: you don’t need insurance to try Maven but if you get a prescription, it’s covered by insurance. Sessions are really affordable: I was able to video chat with a nutritionist for 20 minutes about what changes I could make to my diet for only $25. Asking a NP about my wrist in 10 minutes: only $18. You can even talk to them about lady issues, or mental health. They can even prescribe birth control.

I got so excited to discover this app, that I reached out to the company to say “I love you! Can I help spread the word? People need to know about this!” and they said “But of course, our precious little excited friend. Here’s a promo code, and you can become an ambassador!*”


I am also so excited to share that this week (Wednesday through Friday) they’re doing something called Therapist Speed Dating. They know that finding someone to talk to can be tough, and it’s hard to find someone who you feel comfortable with. So, this event lets you book 10 minute appointments with their mental health specialists so you can get to know the therapists, and find one that works for you. Then your first full-length appointment is free until the end of the month. (That’s seriously a $130 value.) To take advantage of this, use code EmilySD when you register with Maven, or put it in your promos if you’re already a member.

Use Code EmilySD

Physical and Mental health are so important to living a balanced life. If you have questions about anything, you should be able to get answers or talk it out without it costing you an arm & a leg.

If you have any questions about Maven, leave them in the comments below and I will answer them! 

*Not their actual wording. But basically, that’s what they meant.



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