10,000 California Telemedicine Therapists Ready to Fill Mental Health Services Gap Caused by Kaiser Strike
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 10,000 California online therapists are ready to fill the mental health services gap left by the ongoing strike of Kaiser mental health employees. Patients can immediately access services online, regardless of geographic location, and verify health insurance coverage in just seconds before booking a session. Many of these therapists accept Kaiser's insurance.
The online therapy services are available through the eTherapi platform which is integrated with 95% of US health insurance payers. All of the therapists are state-licensed, credentialed and experts in their field.
eTherapi is offering a special discount rate to Kaiser patients. During the strike, and for 30 days thereafter, any Kaiser patient can access an eTherapi therapist for a discounted rate of $40 per appointment. To access the rate patients should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the on site chat feature to talk with a customer support representative. When contacting one of the participating therapists using the eTherapi messaging system, patients need to identify themselves as a Kaiser patient and provide any information requested by the provider.
"This is precisely why we developed this telemedicine portal," said Jesse Sandoval, CEO of eTherapi. "We believe that patients should not be left struggling without access to services they need. The Kaiser strike is leaving patients in a tenuous position, and we want them to know that they can continue their therapy any day, from any location, through eTherapi."
eTherapi is the first online therapy service, and the largest, in the United States, created in 2009 by a team of Stanford-trained psychiatrists and entrepreneurs. Unlike other services, eTherapi offers patients full access to remote therapy sessions through a secure, HIPAA-compliant video connection that uses powerful data encryption and firewall technologies.
Using eTherapi is easy. A prospective patient searches eTherapi's extensive network of state-licensed therapists, reviews their profiles and practice approach, then schedules a session with the therapist of their choice. When the appointment time arrives, the patient and the selected therapist join the therapy session, which is conducted online via high quality, fast videoconferencing technology.
eTherapi is easily accessible from a mobile device or laptop. Unlike current therapist directories that allow searches by zip code or therapist name, eTherapi allows searches using any keyword or sentence, rapidly scanning through thousands of therapist profiles.
Contact: Jesse Sandoval, CEO eTherapi
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