The Shrink’s Links: NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Managed Care Division

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Having no health insurance can kill you, but having insurance can frustrate you half to death.

Many of the calls I get from prospective clients are people with insurance, but, for whatever reason, their insurance will not cover them to see me. Every other therapist I know finds the same thing. It has nothing to do with qualifications, skills, or experience.
It’s the game insurance companies play to keep you from spending their money.

Blue Cross/ Blue Shield/ Excellus may be the worse offender. They have the largest market share in the Rochester area and allow the smallest number of mental health providers into their network. Just try getting the help you need when you have that insurance.

Twenty-seven states don’t have this kind of problem. They have “Any Willing Provider” Laws that allow members to chose any mental health provider, rather than only the ones on their insurance company’s list. “Any Willing Provider” was written nationally into law under Obamacare, but in language that is impossible to enforce. The result is that, in New York State, you do not have the freedom to chose your provider. The result is that mental heath care is often inaccessible.

In this week’s shrink’s links I have for you the webpage of the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Managed Care Division; just the place you would want to contact if you have a grievance against your insurance company. I’ve filed two complaints last year, winning both, regarding insurance companies that failed to honor their contracts.

Click here to go to the page.

You can also call 800-206-8125

Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.