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Harvard Pilgrim Therapy Coverage

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) is a not-for-profit health services organization. Founded by doctors nearly fifty years ago, Harvard Pilgrim offers health benefit plans and other health programs to over three million people, mainly in New England. Harvard Pilgrim offers individual and family health plans, for people in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. They also […]

derek lee grow therapy By Derek Lee, VP of Insurance Operations

Updated on Feb 22, 2024

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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) is a not-for-profit health services organization. Founded by doctors nearly fifty years ago, Harvard Pilgrim offers health benefit plans and other health programs to over three million people, mainly in New England.

Harvard Pilgrim offers individual and family health plans, for people in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. They also offer business health insurance plans for employers, as well as Medicare plans, with the two main options being Medicare Advantage StrideSM plans and Medicare Supplement plans.

There are many types of plans for individuals, families, and employers that Harvard Pilgrim offers. The amount and type of coverage available will depend on the type of plan that someone is enrolled in.

Read on to learn more about the plans offered by Harvard Pilgrim, whether they cover therapy, how much it costs, and how to find an in-network therapist.

What Types of Plans Does Harvard Pilgrim Offer?

The main types of plans that Harvard Pilgrim offers are:

Does Harvard Pilgrim Cover Therapy?

Counseling and psychotherapy for behavioral health care and substance use disorder services are usually part of the core health plan benefits of Harvard Pilgrim. Harvard Pilgrim uses the term “behavioral health care” instead of “mental health care” because it addresses behaviors and habits in addition to mental and emotional wellbeing.

Your insurance coverage will depend on the type of plan that you have. It’s important to know how your plan works so that you know what types of services and health care providers you have access to. Your Schedule of Benefits (SOB) and Benefit Handbook are parts of your insurance plan documents that can provide details on services, treatment options, and fees for your specific plan.

What Types of Mental Health Providers Does Harvard Pilgrim Cover?

Whether a certain provider’s services are covered depends on your specific plan and whether the provider is in-network or out-of-network. In-network providers are those who officially participate in the Harvard Pilgrim network, whereas out-of-network providers are not part of the Harvard Pilgrim network. Usually, it will cost less to see a provider who is in-network. Some plans will also provide coverage for out-of-network providers. Coverage also depends on whether or not your plan requires a referral from your primary care provider.

Harvard Pilgrim’s network of behavioral health providers includes clinicians, counselors, and therapists from a variety of specialties including psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, substance use counselors, and applied behavioral analysts. Depending on your plan, some types of therapy or therapists may or may not be covered, particularly for Applied Behavioral Analysis.

You may be asked to sign a consent form that allows your behavioral health provider to communicate with your primary care provider about your treatment plan.

What Types of Mental Health Care Does Harvard Pilgrim Cover?

The covered services for mental health care and behavioral health treatment with Harvard Pilgrim may vary depending on your specific plan.

Outpatient therapy is the most common type of mental health care treatment. Outpatient therapy may be provided virtually or through in-person office visits. Outpatient therapy may include talk therapy, prescription drugs, virtual visits, group therapy or family therapy sessions, or community self-help or support group programs. A variety of mental health conditions or issues may be addressed through these types of therapy, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD, or preventive care.

Services that provide more immediate or intense assessments or treatments may also be covered by your health plan, such as inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, residential programs, intensive outpatient programs, emergency room visits, or urgent care.

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How Much Does Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Cost?

The cost and coverage provided by Harvard Pilgrim varies depending on the specific plan you have. You may pay more if you want to be able to visit out-of-network providers, if you want coverage for more services, or if you see providers that are in a higher priced tier or category.

In addition to the different types of plans offered by Harvard Pilgrim, there may be different categories within each type of plan (e.g., Bronze, Silver, or Gold HMO or PPO plans) that may vary depending on the premium, deductible, and pocket costs you wish to pay. Here are what those terms mean, as well as other terms related to insurance costs:

How to Find a Harvard Pilgrim In-Network Therapist

It’s important to take care of your mental wellbeing, whether you are currently experiencing a mental illness or if you want to take proactive steps to improve your mental health in general.

At Grow Therapy, we believe everyone should have access to and can benefit from quality mental health care. We have a large and growing network of therapists that are ready to support you. To find a therapist who accepts Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, check out our search tool and select “Harvard Pilgrim” under the insurance company category.

You can also use our cost estimator to see how much you’ll be expected to pay per therapy session with your Harvard Pilgrim plan.

FAQs

  • Counseling and psychotherapy are usually part of the core health plan benefits from Harvard Pilgrim, but it depends on the specific plan you have.

  • Depending on the specific plan you have, Harvard Pilgrim may cover in-network or out-of-network clinicians, counselors, and therapists including psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, substance use counselors, and applied behavioral analysts.

  • Harvard Pilgrim offers many types of plans that vary in cost depending on the type of coverage you are looking for. Different plans have different premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs.

About the author
derek lee grow therapy Derek Lee, VP of Insurance Operations

Derek Lee is Grow Therapy's Vice President of Insurance Operations, overseeing payor relations and success, credentialing and enrollment, new payor launch, revenue cycle management and billing, and insurance operations data analytics.

This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns. If you or your child is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should dial 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

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