Health Net: 5 Things to Know About Your New Covered California Plan

Health Net: 5 Things to Know About Your New Covered California Plan

If you’re one of the million-plus people who get their Health Net insurance through Covered California, then you’ve hopefully just recently enrolled in coverage for the new year. Whether it’s your first time with subsidized healthcare or you’re a seasoned veteran, every year can bring new complications and changes to what you may have thought you understood. Thankfully, we’ve put together this quick checklist of steps to demystify your new Health Net insurance plan.

Check your new provider and plan

Just because you picked up Health Net insurance through the same portal doesn’t mean you have the same insurance coverage you did in previous years. Even if you were pretty thorough when looking at what you were choosing initially, you probably still want to actually check which insurance provider you now have and what’s covered under your current Health Net plan. Networks change for providers all the time — for instance, Roots Through Recovery is now in Health Net’s network — so you may have some new possibilities even if your provider hasn’t changed.

Look into new options

No matter if you’re looking at a brand new insurance plan or just a shift in the same one you’ve always had, there may be new medical providers and options for you that you weren’t aware of. Whether it’s simply finding a new doctor, accessing your substance abuse or mental health benefits, or looking into a whole different approach to your health, many insurance providers offer a wide and constantly changing variety of choices. If you’re not looking for a particular treatment right now, you may as well see what options you have available to you all year.

Understand the financial requirements

Beyond the amount you pay for the insurance each month, different plans have different out-of-pocket costs when actually seeking medical and behavioral health treatment. From co-pays to prescriptions to specialty services, just having health insurance doesn’t necessarily make your healthcare free. As a general rule of thumb, checking with the doctor, facility, or service provider can get you pretty close to the exact cost that’ll be incurred for various treatments — and they can also sometimes help you work with certain financial restrictions.

Keep track of your income changes

Although getting a new job and making significantly more money can drive your health insurance costs up through Covered California, misreporting or incorrectly estimating your income can also lead you to pay more than you should be. The point of Covered California is to make sure people pay an appropriate amount for health insurance, so keeping your income and tax situation up to date ensures that you don’t overpay if you lose your job or go through other dramatic life changes.

Schedule introductory consultations

Getting signed up for health insurance is the first step in making sure you’re all covered for the year. Before you actually need to seek treatment for the first time, you’ll need to figure out which in-network providers are the best for you. The easiest way to do this is simply by calling and scheduling consultations and introductory sessions with each provider you think you’ll need over the course of the year. Whether that means getting in contact with a facility like Roots Through Recovery or simply getting a check-up to add yourself to your new primary care physician’s patient list, getting in with the appropriate services and providers is ultimately the real reason to purchase healthcare.

If you’d like to check your benefits to see what’s covered under your new plan, you can verify your benefits here.

 

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Pannell

Staff Spotlight: Meet Josh Pannell

Josh Pannell’s title might technically be “Executive Program and Clinical Assistant,” but he sees that as basically just a nice way of saying that he handles a little bit of everything. Whether it’s facilitating group activities or assisting the admissions team, directing the communication of doctors and pharmacies or helping clients take their first steps into their new lives, Pannell enjoys being a catch-all for Roots Through Recovery. After all, he was one of the facility’s very first employees and comes from a background that gave him plenty of knowledge on the other end of treatment.

Why were you initially interested in getting into this field?
Honestly, I had no clue what else I wanted to do with my life. I’m in recovery myself, and when I became sober I didn’t want to go back into sales. I didn’t know what I wanted to get into, so a counselor at the facility I was at recommended going into this field. They helped me go back to school to get everything I would need. Although I was originally scared to death of going back to school, once I started looking into it I got really excited about it. I dove in head first and started working in admissions and in a residential program while going to school full time. I pretty quickly realized that I wanted to keep going after I got my initial certification, so I’m now pursuing my bachelor’s degree with a plan to get my master’s degree after.

What do you think it is about Roots Through Recovery that sets it apart from other treatment facilities that you’ve seen?
It’s the environment and team for sure. When I was in treatment, I never had the luxury or privilege of going to a facility like this. I always had the standard nonprofit one-size-fits-all mold. We have so many types of treatments, therapies, and experiences here for people to see what works best for them. Every facility says that they have “personalized” treatment, but I’ve never before seen such personalized treatment that really focuses on the individual. It’s also such a tight-knit team that helps everyone. I’ve never been a part of a team that works so closely and communicates so well.

What have you learned while working at Roots Through Recovery?
Kind of like how the treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, sometimes success isn’t either. Success doesn’t necessarily mean that the client doesn’t relapse, but it might just be about an overall life change or giving them the tools they need to function in society whether sober or not. The goal is not just staying sober, but also about addressing the trauma that they’ve experienced. Identifying that trauma and learning how to address it has helped me recognize some of my own patterns as well.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Well these days I’m mostly going to work, school, and also planning my wedding for May. In the little free time I have, I enjoy going to the gym — I’m trying get back into a shape that’s not round — and I like going new places, having new adventures, and eating new food. I’ve learned in the last year or so that i really enjoy going to amusement parks like Disneyland. My fiancée and I will go to Disneyland for a couple hours on a Friday evening, and we also love going up to Yosemite every year. I enjoy local things too as long as I’m doing something new and having fun.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

For immediate assistance, please call our Admissions Specialists at +1(562) 473-0827 or +1(866) 766-8776.

For more information or to start admissions – fill out the form below and we’ll reach out to you as soon as possible:

Roots Presents: Nuances in Trauma Treatment with Deborah Sweet, Psy.D.

Roots Presents: Nuances in Trauma Treatment with Deborah Sweet, Psy.D.

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of substance use and mental health disorders, and to honor and celebrate the people who recover. The theme for 2017 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities”. One of the most prevalent issues individuals and families face in their journey of recovery is trauma, or the way in which they perceive and experience major life events. As we’ve written in the past, trauma is completely subjective and, if untreated, can lead to the use of behaviors and substances to escape the effects of trauma.

This year, Roots Through Recovery is honored to celebrate Recovery Month with a special speaking event with Deborah Sweet, Psy.D.: “The Nuances of Trauma Treatment: What to use, how and when”. Treating trauma is it’s own specialized area of psychotherapy. Specific tools and modalities are needed to help people recover from the effects of trauma. Trauma is held in the subcortical region of the brain therefore traditional therapy, though wonderful, will not move traumatic incidents the way that EMDR, Brainspotting, Somatic or Havening therapies do. In this talk, Dr. Sweet will provide information on types of treatment and when and how to use them.

Title: “Nuances in Trauma Treatment: What to use, how and when”
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: 3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 102, Long Beach, CA 90807

RSVP NOW to save your seat!

Deborah Sweet, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, trauma expert and Founder of the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles. Treatment at TCCLA focuses on helping people recover from the overwhelming effects of trauma using modalities that are specifically designed to help people recover from trauma. These cutting-edge modalities include the Somatic therapies of Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and the Trauma Resiliency Model; EMDR, Brainspotting and the Havening Technique. At the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles, the team helps individuals clear traumas by engaging the subcortical regions of the brain to restore resiliency to the nervous system, enable clearer thinking and an ability to enjoy life more fully.

Lunch will be provided, thanks to our event sponsor WEconnect Recovery. The event is completely FREE, but you must RSVP, and seats are limited.

This is an officially-registered SAMHSA Recovery Month event. Find more Recovery Month events here.

Roots Through Recovery Announces the Start of its Evening IOP Program

Roots Through Recovery Announces the Start of its Evening IOP Program

Roots Through Recovery opened its doors in January 2017 and in the last four months, the program has grown to include daytime partial hospitalization and morning intensive outpatient to meet the various needs of our clients. There has been a lot of interest in recent weeks for an evening intensive outpatient program for the working professionals in Long Beach and the South Bay.

In response to this growing need, Roots Through Recovery is excited to announce the start of its evening IOP program beginning the week of May 15th!


CALL NOW (562) 473-0827


Much like our daytime programs, the evening IOP program will focus on addressing underlying trauma and mental health needs of community members who are coping with alcohol or drug addiction. Our compassionate and highly trained therapists provide trauma-informed care in small groups and individual therapy.

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Contact us today to find out about our promotional cash pay rate! Call Josh at 562-473-0827, chat with us or verify your insurance right now.

Tune in to A Mindful Emergence Radio Show on Monday, May 1st!

Tune in to A Mindful Emergence Radio Show on Monday, May 1st!

The Right Treatment Match Can Make All the Difference

Travis Herman will be a guest on A Mindful Emergence radio show on Monday, May 1, 2017!

Travis will discuss how to navigate the behavioral healthcare treatment system and touch on topics like levels of care, accreditation, and referral brokering.

He’ll also provide insights into understanding insurance types and policies, including NC and PA Medicaid, Medicare, and private or commercial insurance.

A Mindful Emergence provides an in-depth and informative look into addiction recovery, trauma relief, and compassionate self-care.

Travis Herman is the National Representative for Pyramid Healthcare and has extensive experience in the helping industry. Travis is a graduate of UNC-Asheville and started his behavioral health career in 2008. His first job involved working with people with severe and persistent mental health struggles. Additional experience includes Substance Use treatment for adolescents, adults in the criminal justice system, and has worked on Community Support, and Assertive Community Treatment teams.

This work experience, and passion for customer service, provides Travis wit
h the unique experience and ability to identify needs in our community, build relationships with stake holders, and collaborate on how best to serve those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use struggles.

For more information:

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You’re Invited! Grand Opening Celebration Event

You’re Invited! Grand Opening Celebration Event

You’re Invited

Roots through Recovery opened its outpatient treatment center in Long Beach on January 3rd, and we could not be more pleased with the phenomenal response we have already received from our colleagues in the treatment industry, the community of Long Beach and those in need of our services.

To celebrate our grand opening, we are hosting a day of fun at our center in Long Beach, and you’re invited! Come join us, meet the Roots through Recovery staff and network with other providers in the area, participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy a lunch reception, take a tour of the facility and possibly win a prize in the raffle.


Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017

Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm

Location: Roots through Recovery, 3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 102, Long Beach CA 90807

RSVP: Call Noah at 562.473.0830 | Email at info@roots-recovery.com | Click “I’m Going” on our Facebook event


Food will be catered by Linden Public, thanks in part to our sponsor, Westox Laboratories. Promotional giveaways thanks in part to our sponsor, ASE Marketing.