The Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with GVC Health Tech and its disruptive App product, Give Virtual Care, to offer for the first time to beauty and barbering professionals a turn-key affordable virtual healthcare membership solution that includes unlimited, on-demand, virtual urgent and general care medical appointments through industry leader Teladoc.
Give Virtual Care is a bundled Virtual Healthcare Membership, not insurance. The membership provides immediate or scheduled telehealth visits for general med diagnosis, discounts on prescriptions, expert second medical opinions, tele-mental health and immediate Crisis Care as a completely bundled service for one low monthly cost. The affordable non-insurance solution offers 24/7 care for non-emergency conditions like cold and flu, sinus infections, sore throat, allergies, dermatology, sexual health, pediatrics and more. The Give Virtual Care App is available for all mobile devices and iPads. The Cares Act allows for HSA funds to be used for telehealth.
Eric Taylor, Founder/CEO of Salon Republic and Board Chairman of PBF states, “It has always been the goal of the Professional Beauty Federation to continue to roll out new services and offerings to benefit beauty professionals in everything we do. We’ve had tremendous success helping the beauty and barbering industry with PPP, PPR, lowest-fee merchant credit card services, competitive low interest micro-loans and now affordable virtual healthcare membership services. The GVC mobile platform is also a powerful tool for full-service salons, spas and barbershops to attract and retain employees, booth renters and commission independent beauty professionals as a competitive workplace benefit.”
Crisis care services allow the beauty community to connect with a trained mental health professional when they need it the most. Counseling professionals are ondemand to assist with anxiety, depression, crisis personal issues or suicide prevention for the member and their family. The low-cost membership also includes the ability to request a second medical opinion for the most challenging of issues at no additional cost. Beauty professionals can have a leading specialist evaluate an existing condition or give someone guidance on their medical concerns.
“We could not be prouder to partner with the Professional Beauty Federation. Having a mission to assist those that truly work so hard every single day is in our DNA,” said Founder & CEO of Give Virtual Care Tim Ummel. “GVC is excited to work alongside the PBF team to truly change lives. Now there is a very real Virtual Healthcare solution for all stylists, barbers and beauty professionals and even more importantly, their respective families.”
Membership is made to protect up to 17 members within the member’s household with the same benefits, all at no additional cost. A typical family of four can save roughly $1,280 a year if they are insured and over $4,200 if they are not. There is an additional benefit that elderly parents or non-dependents that fall under a caregiver situation can use the family Teledoc account with a small consultation fee.
Give Virtual Care (GVC) is an alternative solution to traditional health insurance. It’s a virtual healthcare membership for individuals without health insurance. The GVC Health Tech app, available through the Apple and Android stores, provides access to best-in-class telehealth services for up to seventeen people in one household for $30 per month. Fully integrated for Spanish and English-speaking members, the GVC Health Tech app includes unlimited virtual access to doctors, reduced cost prescriptions and unlimited access to crisis care counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no co-pays and no hidden costs to members. For more information, visit https://www.givevirtualcare.com.
About Professional Beauty Federation
The PBF is a nonprofit trade association that was formed in 1999 to give voice to the over 600,000-licensed barbering/beauty professionals in California and to raise the professionalism of the beauty and barbering industry. While the PBF mission has never changed, their scope of representation has expanded in recent years to include the whole country, as they blazed the reopening trail for all Personal Care professionals through two successive federal lawsuits and a coordinated #OpenSalonsNow grassroots campaign that directly confronted unjustifiably prolonged Covid restrictions. The PBF has helped over 10,000 beauty professionals receive over $25 million in Covid PPP relief. For more information, visit www.beautyfederation.org.