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Your United Medical Resources Insurance Therapy Coverage Explained

Mental wellness is essential to overall well-being. If your body is dropping hints that your mind needs some well-deserved care, it’s best to listen and act promptly. However, one concern for many people is the rising cost of therapy. Fortunately, United Medical Resources (UMR) has you covered. UMR is part of the UnitedHealth group of […]

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

Updated on Feb 22, 2024

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Mental wellness is essential to overall well-being. If your body is dropping hints that your mind needs some well-deserved care, it’s best to listen and act promptly. However, one concern for many people is the rising cost of therapy. Fortunately, United Medical Resources (UMR) has you covered.

UMR is part of the UnitedHealth group of companies. It’s the country’s largest third-party administrator (TPA) of self-funded insurance plans. UMR covers outpatient therapy services, though the extent varies by plan type. If your employer has provided you with this kind of insurance, then this article is for you. Read on to learn more about how UMR can help you pay for outpatient therapy.

Does UMR Insurance Cover Mental Health Services?

UMR is a TPA hired by your employer and technically not a health insurance company. Instead, it ensures that your healthcare claims are paid correctly. If you’re a UMR member, your employer shoulders the health care costs you don’t pay.

Having said that, UMR health insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act, which mandates including mental health services among the essential benefits. UMR covers therapist visits and addiction treatment services under its Behavioral Health Program. The company works with UnitedHealthcare and other providers to ensure you can access a wide range of affordable health services anywhere.

Therapy Covered By United Medical Resources Insurance

UMR coverage depends on your insurance plan but generally includes behavioral diagnostic exams, talk therapy, and prescription drugs. A physician must authorize the services and confirm they’re medically necessary. The following are examples of mental health services that UMR covers:

Outpatient therapy may be provided by a qualified provider, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or a master’s level clinician. Further, UMR offers flexible in-network and out-of-network coverage, making access to many therapy providers affordable.

If you can’t see your therapist in person, you’ll be happy to know that UMR also covers teletherapy. The Teladoc site can conveniently connect you to your therapist via phone or video conferencing. However, online visits may not be available in some locations, so it’s best to check first before booking your appointment. You can also find a therapist who accepts UMR through the Grow Therapy website.

Therapy United Medical Resources Insurance Doesn’t Cover

UMR doesn’t cover the following:

For a more comprehensive list, read your plan’s General Exclusions section. You may also get in touch with customer service through the toll-free number on the back of your UMR member ID card.

How to Check Your United Medical Resources Insurance Coverage

There are several easy ways to verify the specific UMR benefits available to you. First, read the printed copy of the Medical Schedule of Benefits UMR has given you upon enrollment. Second, contact UMR customer service by calling the number on the back of your member ID card. Third, you may check online by following these steps:

How Much Does Therapy Cost With UMR?

Therapy costs depend on various components. First, therapy providers charge differently. Many factors determine their rates, such as location and type of practice, services, and type and level of training received. For example, psychologists bill differently from licensed counselors, having different skill sets and responsibilities to patients.

After that, health insurance coverage varies with your plan type, location, and whether your provider is in-network or out-of-network. We explain below how these factors affect your therapy costs:

In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Providers and Services

UMR has an organization of professionals under contract to provide healthcare services to insured members at a negotiated rate. In-network providers belong to this group, while out-of-network providers don’t. However, UMR doesn’t limit you to their in-network providers. You may also see out-of-network health professionals if you wish. However, insurance coverage for their services is usually less.

Note that UMR requires prior authorization for certain behavioral health services, especially if given out-of-network. Compliance ensures you avoid penalties. If you aren’t sure you need prior authorization for your therapy sessions, ask UMR customer service before booking your appointment.

Deductibles

A deductible is an amount you pay within a policy year before UMR starts paying for your health care costs. The rates depend on your type of insurance and whether or not your therapy provider is in-network. Having dependents also impacts your insurance expenses.

UMR plans are available in Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum categories. Bronze plans have the lowest monthly premiums but provide the least coverage. Platinum plans have the highest monthly premiums but give more extensive coverage. UMR deductibles range from $250 to $5,000 per covered person and $500 to $10,000 per covered family.

Copays

Copays are fixed fees you pay at the time your therapy provider bills you. Some plans have copays, ranging from $20-30 per session, while others don’t require them at all. Copays don’t count toward deductibles but toward out-of-pocket maximums.

An out-of-pocket maximum is the most you’ll pay in a policy year for covered expenses. Copays and out-of-pocket maximums also vary by plan. Typically, plans with lower monthly premiums have higher copays and out-of-pocket maximums.

How to Find a Therapist Who Takes United Medical Resources Insurance

Deciding to find a therapist is a courageous step toward your mental health journey. You can do this in different ways. First, you may call the number on your UMR ID card to reach customer service. Second, you may use the UMR search tool, which you can access here. It’ll help you narrow down UMR providers according to their areas of expertise, location, and others. Third, you can use Grow Therapy to find an in-network UMR provider in your area. You an even narrow this list down by specialty, among other filter options.

A Gentle Reminder: Your Health is a Priority

UMR is a TPA for employers’ self-funded health care plans. It relies on insurance industry partnerships to give enrolled members affordable access to health care. Outpatient therapy services are covered under its Behavioral Health Program. Like any other health plan, benefit levels vary by insurance type and other factors.

If you’re a UMR member, don’t wait long to take advantage of the mental health coverage. You can find a UMR in-network provider using Grow Therapy’s therapist search page. Together, let’s make your mental health journey a priority.

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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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