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Cigna Behavioral Health: What Services are Covered?



ACRS Services are Covered by Cigna


We take care of all the details for you:  To make an appointment for our Cary office, in the southern Mchenry and northern Kane County area, click here:  New Patient Registration  or to learn more about the psychological services we provide call us at 1-847-275-8236 (24 Hrs). 



How do I make sure my services are covered or reimbursed by Cigna?

Pre-authorization of benefit coverage is not required for outpatient routine office visits with a CIGNA Behavioral Health contracted provider. Refer to your plan design, however, as for most other levels of care, you may need to call us for referral and benefit authorization first. We want to help ensure eligible services will be covered and claims handled for you by your contracted behavioral health professional. On rare occasions when services are not reimbursed, call us at 1.800.926.2273. To make the most of your services, please consider these points:

  • If your plan has a benefit differential, be sure you understand the difference between in-network and out-of-network coverage. Seeing a behavioral health professional who participates in CIGNA Behavioral Health's network may mean you'll pay less and have no paperwork.
  • If you don't understand what is and isn't covered by your plan, call us. We can help explain your eligible coverage, deductibles and copays, and tell you how to access the kind of care you need. In addition, read your benefit plan summary carefully.


Is medication covered?

CIGNA Behavioral Health does not administer the pharmacy benefits portion of your health plan, but we will work with you to determine whether any medication prescribed by your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner will be covered. Call us at the toll-free number on your insurance ID card.


How can I get sessions covered that have already occurred?

Pre-authorization of benefit coverage is not required for routine, outpatient office visits. For all other levels of care, pre-authorization of coverage may be required, depending on your plan. Call the toll-free number on your insurance ID card if your plan does require pre-authorization of coverage for the level of care that you are seeking. If you do not obtain pre-authorization of coverage for services that require it, you may be responsible for some or all of the cost.


What kinds of behavioral health services are covered?

Behavioral health services are available and covered for a variety of mental health and substance abuse problems. Your behavioral health professional will evaluate your needs and determine treatment. CIGNA Behavioral Health care management staff will compare the recommended treatment to established Clinical Practice Guidelines and determine if benefits are available, in accordance with standard utilization review procedures.

People occasionally ask us about coverage for the following types of services:

Weight Loss – Weight loss services are not typically covered. However, services are covered under your behavioral health benefits for a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis for which weight loss may be a symptom.

Light Boxes – This is not covered by CIGNA Behavioral Health. If this is prescribed by a medical doctor, you may want to check with your medical carrier to see if they will cover it.

Hypnotherapy ("Hypnosis") – Many behavioral health professionals use hypnotherapy as part of their treatment services. If the therapist you see uses hypnotherapy for the treatment of a covered disorder, it may be covered.

Aromatherapy – This type of treatment is considered to be an experimental treatment, so it would not be covered under your benefit plan.


Is court-ordered treatment covered?

Not necessarily. Just because treatment is ordered by the court doesn't guarantee it will be covered under your particular benefit plan.

Like all mental health or substance abuse treatment, court-ordered treatment must meet medical necessity standards in order to be covered by your benefit plan. Call us at the toll-free number on your insurance ID card before your first visit to determine if the court-ordered behavioral health professional is covered. If your plan requires it, we will pre-authorize coverage for the assessment. After that initial visit, your behavioral health professional will make a recommendation and determine whether ongoing care is medically necessary.


Are psychological tests covered?

It depends on your plan, the type of test, and medical necessity. Tests for learning disabilities and intelligence (IQ) tests are NOT covered. However, federal law requires public school districts to offer and perform such tests when they are necessary to determine whether your child is eligible for special education programs.


Are smoking cessation programs or aids like nicotine patches covered?

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