Patient Information & Resources : BCBS News

Important News about Blue Cross Blue Shield

Recent Updates on BCBS situation:

We have been granted a 60 day extension to all established patients prior to December 1, 2011.

We are in-network with BC/BS till May 1st, only for patients before December 1, 2011. We are still actively negotiating with Blue Cross Blue Shield, but we will not sign a contract that puts our patients privacy at risk.

ATTENTION

PATIENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

PLEASE HELP US COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT HOW BLUE CROSS CHANGES WILL AFFECT YOU & YOUR FAMILY

COMPLETE A SURVEY

AND SIGN A PETITION

ASK FOR BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND IN COMPLIANCE
WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT

GO TO: www.floridapsych.org/blue_cross_surveypetition.htm

What's Happening:

On December 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to profoundly change your mental health care. They are terminating all current BCBS mental health providers and will hand your mental health care over to New Directions; a managed care company that functions much like an HMO.

There is still a possibility that BCBS can be stopped from moving ahead with their plan. All of the Florida mental health organizations are actively opposing these BCBS actions.

What We're Doing:

Under these confusing and uncertain conditions, we want you to have all the information you need to decide what is best for you and your family. Our staff is available to answer all of your questions. Your provider will also talk to you about how to meet your individual treatment needs.

What You Can Do:

We believe that BCBS is both discriminating against individuals seeking mental health services and violating the rules of the Mental Health Parity Act. There are many ways that you can join with us in opposing BCBS in this matter. The documents below lists some of the actions you might take to have your voice heard.

  • Read our Letter to Patients and Addendum.
  • Complete a Survey & Sign a Petition >
  • Write to your representative! Update: October 12, 2011

    The American Psychiatric Association filed an appeal to the federal government on August 25 (see link below). So far, they have not responded; however, it is still possible that action will be taken before December 1.

    The more of us who write letters to key national politicians, the more likely we are to be heard. I recommend that we focus letter writing to:

    President Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20500
    Senator Bill Nelson
    United States Senate
    716 Senate Hart Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Former President Bill Clinton
    The Honorable William J Clinton
    55 W 125th Street
    New York, NY 10027

    Remember, the best letters describe how this will affect you / your family personally. Keep checking our websites for updates. View a sample letter for writing to your legislators >

  • You can get a copy of the lawsuit being filed against BCBS.

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