Tri-County has been providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to clients throughout Taos, Colfax and Union Counties for 35 years. The non-profit healthcare agency is funded by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. However, last year Tri-County ran into financial difficulty…
“I had total bi-lateral knee replacement. Both of my knees replaced at the same time,” Warner said. “All medical services that I have had have all been authorized by Blue Cross Blue Shield.”
Three months later when she returned to work, Warner was not prepared for the shock of her life. She found out that she was responsible for all of the medical expenses.
“I don’t know, $200,000? The hospital (bill) I know is around $70,000,” Warner said. “I can’t pay it. I don’t have any money to pay this.”
Risa LPCC RPT • a day ago
For all that don’t know all of the story. Here it is many of the insurance companies were not paying for the services that were provided. TCC is the only provider for mental health in Taos,Colfax and Union county. Their financial problems are due to non-payment for services. I as a private practitioner have experienced this problem personally. I have lost over 10% of my income for non-payment. This is an agency that provides services to the mentally ill, without they would get no help. The fault of this situation is due to the Governor who does not support mental health and cut funds. Our local legislators and county officials who do not support any more money to be allocated for services. Yet the worst is the insurance companies who fail to pay claims. They hire a large group of staff to look for any reason not to pay for services. The naxt time a mentally ill person commits a crime, kills someone or commits sucide don’t sugesst that help is available because it will not be there. Larry you should check into the non payment issue if you want the real story.