Enroll in The Health Exchange
If you don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, or another source, the Health Exchange may help you get covered. What you will pay for insurance depends on your income and you can apply for coverage online, by phone, with in-person help, or with a paper application. Visit Your Health Idaho to learn how to enroll. Open enrollment for the health exchange has ended but life changing events my qualify you for a special enrollment. Learn more here.
Contact Your Department of Health & Welfare Regional Behavioral Health Office
The State of Idaho provides state funded and state operated community based mental health care services through Regional Behavioral Health Centers (RBHC) located in each of the seven geographical regions of the state. Each RBHC provides mental health services through a system of care that is both community-based and consumer-guided. Visit their website to learn more, to find your regional center, and to find an application for adult mental health services.
Apply for Medicaid
Medicaid helps low-income individuals in certain groups pay for medical care and prescriptions. Medicaid is not a typical insurance program with monthly payments and deductibles. Medicaid pays providers directly for your care. Low-income beneficiaries aren’t the only group to receive Medicaid, as there are several other qualified groups that are covered (although some of this will change in upcoming healthcare reform). In order to receive health coverage from Idaho Medicaid, you must complete the application process and meet certain eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more and apply if you are eligible. Call 1-877-456-1233 for more information.
Pay Out of Pocket
Paying for mental health care out of pocket can be expensive but some providers offer low cost services. When seeking out a mental health professional it’s ok to talk about cost, and many counselors offer sliding scale or bro bono rates. It may take several phone calls to find the counselor you can afford, but it’s worth it! You can do a google search such as “low-cost mental health providers” in you place of residence. Local behavioral health boards and recovery centers may also be able to assist with finding low-cost services.
Click here for more information on finding mental health services in your area.