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Private/Providence Health Insurance: A Big Lemon!

By June 22, 2014May 15th, 2020No Comments

Providence Health Insurance: A Big Lemon!


Private health insurance coverage for treating the mentally ill really stinks when you need it most. You’d think that with the Affordable Care Act, better coverage and more comprehensive health services would be available for the mentally ill. Well, think again!

We’ve just hit the two week mark with Chloe in residential treatment for her mental illness and were informed Friday that Providence Health Plans would only cover her through this weekend. Monday, they will begin denying claims. Geez, if I do the math right, I think Providence’s “out-of-pocket” was less than ours!

As we understand it from the treatment facility, this is very common with private insurers. And we wonder why there are so many “crazies” out there going postal. Sorry if I seem a little bitter.

Andrea Berryman Childreth

Author Andrea Berryman Childreth

Andrea Berryman Childreth is an award-winning author of the book, ON THE EDGE: Help and hope for parenting children with mental illness, founder of The Lemonade Project, advocate and parent coach. She has first-hand experience with parenting a mentally ill daughter and has struggled with mental illness, herself. Her goal is to help empower people to openly share their stories and improve access to equitable mental health services.

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