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KINGSTON, Ontario, May 1, 2020 -- The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) (TSX: EML.PR.A) will automatically include the Mental Health Navigator in its group benefit plans starting May 1, 2020.

Provided by Best Doctors, Mental Health Navigator is a confidential and personalized service that delivers expert assessment, treatment recommendations, and an action plan. A key strength is continuous guidance and support from a Navigator (a registered nurse or social worker specializing in mental health) throughout the plan member's journey. Drawing on an integrated care team of clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and expert physicians, it enables members to receive care on their terms regardless of location.

“We’re excited to bring this outstanding service to our customers,” says Vanessa Lycos, Vice President, Group Product and Marketing. “According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem this year. And now with COVID-19, life is a lot more challenging for many Canadians—especially those employed by small and medium-sized enterprises. Mental Health Navigator helps our customers and their families access guidance and resources they may need to feel more like themselves again.”

The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year as reported by the Center for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH). The right diagnosis and subsequently the right treatment plan are critical for getting individuals well and for lowering the overall cost to the healthcare system.

“With more than 20 years of experience in Canada, Teladoc Health is at the forefront of supporting employers with resources to positively impact plan members lives,” says Karen Grant, Vice President, Global Product Development, Teladoc Health. “Mental Health Navigator is one such resource, designed to aid mental health in the workplace through a safe and private process. As increased awareness and acceptance of the need for mental health grows within and outside the workplace, support services like Mental Health Navigator are more important than ever before to employers and their members.”

Empire Life is focused on delivering products and services that make it simple, fast and easy for small and medium-sized businesses to help their employees pursue their physical, financial and mental health goals.

About Empire Life

Established in 1923 and a subsidiary of E-L Financial Corporation Limited, The Empire Life Insurance Company provides individual and group life and health insurance, investment and retirement products to Canadians. The company’s mission is to make it simple, fast and easy for Canadians to get the investment, insurance and group benefits coverage they need to build wealth, generate income, and achieve financial security. As of March 31, 2020 Empire Life had total assets under management of $16 billion. Follow Empire Life on Twitter @EmpireLife or visit www.empire.ca for more information.

Contact: Shelly Potter
416 428-7540 or shelly.potter@empire.ca
www.empire.ca

About Teladoc Health

Best Doctors is a part of Teladoc Health, Inc., a mission-driven organization successfully transforming how people access and experience healthcare, with a focus on high quality, lower costs, and improved outcomes around the world. Ranked #1 among direct-to-consumer telehealth providers in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. 2 Telehealth Satisfaction Study, the integrated services from Teladoc Health include telehealth, expert medical services, AI and analytics, and licensable platform services. With more than 2,400 employees, the organization delivers care in 175 countries and in more than 40 languages, partnering with employers, hospitals and health systems, and insurers to transform care delivery. For more information, please visit www.teladochealth.com or follow @TeladocHealth on Twitter.

Media Contact:
Kyle Denton
Director, Golin
On behalf of Teladoc Health
kdenton@golin.com 647-917-6984