On “Managed Care”

Insurance in the news.
This is from Slate’s Today’s Papers feature. I’ll be examining some of the issues surrounding managed care, how they effect mental health practitioners of all stripes, sometime [in the next weeks].

The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal‘s world-wide newsbox lead with new census figures that show the number of people without health insurance increased by 2.2 million in 2006 to a grand total of 47 million. In terms of the overall population, 15.8 percent of people lacked insurance, which is the highest level since 1998. At a time when President Bush is in a fight with Congress over health insurance for children, the LAT points out the number of uninsured children grew by 600,000. The LAT also mentions, while USAT goes inside with, economic figures in the census that showed there was a slight increase in median household income and a modest drop in poverty rates in 2006, although pretty much no one (except President Bush and some Republicans) saw this as particularly good news.

Why do so many psychologists not take insurance?
Many psychologists simply don’t take insurance, directly. This has to do with a number of reasons, including reimbursement rates, privacy issues, not to mention devaluation of the profession. How do we serve our patients, then, if we aren’t taking insurance? We’ll look at that.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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