Grief Counseling and Help

Alexandra Drosu / October 7, 2019

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The Animation Guild is here to assist you in finding the help you might need during times of grief through the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan.

Most members are enrolled in the Anthem Blue Cross PPO. Under this plan, mental health benefits are carried through Optum. In-network providers have a $5 copay. You can search for in-network providers on Optum’s website—liveandworkwell.com—with Access Code MPIPHP.

Be sure to check with the provider to ensure they are in the Optum network before scheduling an appointment. If they accept Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits, you can receive five free sessions by requesting an EAP letter at 888-661-9141 or through liveandworkwell.com.

Out-of-network providers are covered at approximately 50 percent of the cost. Many therapists accept Optum but be sure to confirm before making an appointment, and submit claims through liveandworkwell.com. For more information, contact Optum at 888-661-9141.

PsychologyToday.com is a valuable search tool when looking for out-of-network counseling.

Under the Kaiser HMO, in-network individual therapy sessions have a $15 copay. In-network group therapy sessions have a $7 copay. Out-of-network providers are not covered. You do not need prior authorization from your primary care physician to receive mental health services at Kaiser facilities.

You can search for in-network providers by visiting kp.org/mentalhealth or by calling Kaiser member services at 800-464-4000.

Under the HealthNet HMO, mental health benefits are run through Manage Health Network (MHN). In-network Individual therapy sessions have a $15 copay. In-network group therapy sessions have a $7.50 copay. Out-of-network providers are not covered. You do not need prior authorization from your primary care physician to receive mental health services. To search for in-network therapists, visit mhn.com or contact MHN at 888-926-5133.

If you’re unsure what plan you are registered with, or if you have any other health insurance questions, you can contact MPIPHP at 855-275-4674 or visit their website at mpiphp.org.

The Animation Guild office is also available to answer any questions you might have, either by phone at 818-845-7500 or by emailing membership@tag839.org.

 

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