KeepHealthCare.ORG – Local mental health organizations offer more affordable options
Monday, June 11, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Lesley keeps her daughter’s memory alive while spreading the word about mental health through Natalie’s Light with the hope of getting people the help they need.
Celina Keys with family counseling says mental health care can be costly.
“Outpatient therapy typically is covered by insurance, but a lot of our patients are underinsured which means that they have 3,5,10 thousand dollar deductibles before any of them can start being paid for.”
Which is why family counseling offers a sliding scale for patients who can’t afford to get help.
United Way chips in to cover the cost based on a patient’s income and number of dependents.
“We can go down all the way down to a $10 donation and if you came in and still said $10 is too much we would still be willing to see you, we never refuse services based on their ability to pay.”
Another barrier patients may face, is the amount of times insurance companies will cover mental health visits.
“Once you reach those numbers we have to request it again and if you don’t meet very specific criteria they can deny you.”
“If somebody’s insurance ran out here and they were restricted by their insurance and we thought that they still needed it we would continue to see them for as long as they needed.”