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6 Affordable Mental Health Care Service Options
May 12, 2016
When you're in an emotional crisis, the last thing you need is to worry about a bill from a therapist or counselor.
The good news is that seeking help for mental health issues isn't as taboo as it once was. Still, economic barriers remain. In fact, 45.7 percent of Americans with an unmet need for mental health services cited cost as a top reason for not receiving treatment, according to a 2011 report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
"A lot of [providers] don't take insurance, and the ones that do are pretty backed up, so it's going to be a couple months' wait to get in to see somebody," says Mike Frazier, a psychiatrist who's finishing up his residency at UC Irvine in Orange County, California.
For this reason, we've pinpointed several affordable options for accessing mental health care services, just in time for Mental Health Month.
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Blue Shield Members Receive Free Identity Protection Services
May 5, 2016
As an eligible Blue Shield medical plan member, you can now get identity protection services such as identity repair assistance, identity theft insurance and credit monitoring for you and your covered family members. It makes good sense, and it's no charge. You can access these services by calling (855) 904-5733, 6am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday or 24/7 at blueshieldca.allclearid.com