VPA continues to hear reports of consumer and provider concerns about insurance policies that provide a steeper slope of access to mental health and substance abuse services, despite federal and state laws requiring mental health parity in insurance coverage.


Do you feel that your insurance is not playing fair with access to mental health services? Here is a list of resources to provide further information on the topic:


Overview on Mental Health Parity

NPR’s All Things Considered

American Psychological Association Resources

Results of a national survey and an educational video, in addition to more resource links.
American Psychiatric Association

If you or your therapist are stymied and think you are being discriminated against by the insurance company, print out and discuss this poster and what action steps you can take.
VT Dept. of Financial Regulation, Insur. Division

Vermont Insurance Complaint Site


Milton J. Marasch, Ph.D.

Need a therapist?  You can find a VPA member in your area by clicking here.

APA Psychology Benefits Society Blog

Mental Health Disorders


Vermont Health Connect Resources

Vermont's new Minor Consent law allows minors (individuals under the age of 18) to consent to outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent.  This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.  It does not allow for prescribing medication to minors without parental consent.

Vermont Health Connect User’s Guide (Vermont Digger)

Tips on Using Vermont Health Connect (State of Vermont)

Vermont Health Connect Home Page

Vermont Health Connect Frequently Asked Questions

Vermont Health Connect Health Plan Information

(Scroll down to “Plan Designs and Monthly Premiums” or “Silver Plans with Cost Sharing Reductions” for PDFs comparing the various plans

side-by-side.)

Mental Health Parity

Are you in Crisis?

by county

Obtaining Health Insurance in Vermont

Addison
802-388-7641
Bennington
802-442-5491
Caledonia

802-748-3181

800-649-0118 (toll free)

Chittenden       

802-488-7777 (child & family)
802-488-6732
TTY
drugs and alcohol - same number
802-488-6103 (adults)

No. Essex

802-334-6744

800-696-4979 (toll free)

So. Essex

802-748-3181

800-649-0118 (toll free)

Franklin
802-524-6554
800-834-7793
(toll free)
Grand Isle
802-524-6554
800-834-7793
(toll free)
Lamoille

802-888-5026 (business hours)

802-888-8888 (after hours)

Orange
800-639-6360
Orleans

802-334-6744

800-696-4979 (toll free)

Rutland
802-775-1000
Washington
802-229-0591
Windham
800-622-4235 (toll free)
Windsor
800-622-4235 (toll free)


If you are not covered by Medicare or a business that already offers affordable health care coverage, you may be eligible for coverage under  Vermont Health Connect (VHC), Vermont's health insurance exchange.  For those in a low wage or part-time job, the figures look daunting, but there are three kinds of cost assistance for which you or your family may be eligible.  In other words, your costs may actually be lower than the published rate.


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In addition to speaking with your psychologist or mental health provider about your mental health or the mental health of a family member or friend, the following websites provide additional information about mental health disorders:
www.psychcentral.com
www.apa.org/topics

www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
www.mentalhelp.net
www.mhselfhelp.org

For the Public