Like most people, I get my health insurance through my employer. This week, I found out that my company is changing insurance providers, and the therapist I see isn’t fully covered. It is a good thing I was working from home when I found this out because the utterances of numerous profanities would have likely taken care of the whole problem by getting me fired had it occurred in the office. Instead, the only one who heard the deluge of curses was my cat, who at most was mildly perturbed at briefly being woken up from her nap.
This isn’t the first, and I doubt it will be the last, time that insurance headaches have brought around more anxiety than the treatments they’re supposed to be covering. Fighting demons is hard enough, but sometimes you have to fight insurance goliaths too.
It is astonishing to me, the hurdles that one must sometimes navigate to access mental health care. And I’m not just talking about insurance fights, but convincing friends and family that you do need the medication you’re on, convincing work to give you time to see a therapist, and so often convincing yourself of all these things. Having health insurance companies tell you that the help you get isn’t covered only adds insult to this injury.
While I am still figuring out the best option for me from the mess of insurance choices I have to now sort through, this isn’t the first time I’ve found myself in this situation. As such, my main reason for making this post, besides ranting some, is to push back on insurance companies and the coming anti-health by posting some resources that might be of use.
Meditation apps like Calm and 10% Happier are not substitutes for licensed mental health professionals, but they can help someone who might be struggling and unsure of where to turn to next because of insurance woes or other hurdles.
Also, this is by no means a comprehensive list. These are just ones I am aware of or have looked at in the past. Please feel free to send me more possible resources and I will list them on this site.