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Under your BCBS Insurance plan, you are covered for virtual counseling during this public health crisis. Eight EAP visits are included at no cost to you. (See EAP info below.) For further assistance, email Kate Tyler at or call or text my cell phone at 478-397-9800.

Covered Outpatient Therapists and Psychiatrists In Our Network

Breaking news you are entitled to the same counseling benefits even if your provider is out-of network. Therefore, choose the licensed therapist/psychiatrist that is the best fit for you. Exception: Only those clergy seeing in-network providers receive eight (8) employee assistance sessions each year at NO CHARGE. If your counselor is out of network, your copay will vary depending on the Wespath insurance plan you selected. 

Covered Mental Health Services
The Conference Pastoral Counselor is available on a limited basis to see clergy and/or their family members for mental health counseling or consultation at no cost. However, if you are interested in a therapist other than the CPC, or to find a provider who is located in an area near you, please contact me and I will gladly assist you with acquiring the kind of care that you need.
All clergy and family members who are covered by the South Georgia Annual Conference Wespath plan are entitled to low cost mental health benefits with Blue Cross Blue Shield. With your insurance plan your outpatient benefits allow you to:

  1. See an in-network provider for outpatient care that entitles you to eight EAP visits at no cost to you.
  2. Continuing to see that same therapist/psychiatrist for a copay, the amount to be determined by your specific chosen plan.
  3. Schedule initially with an out-of-network provider  for a copay determined by your specific chosen plan. (With this option there are no free EAP visits included.)

Employee Assistance Program
Under your plan, you are eligible for EIGHT Employee Assistance Program (EAP) visits that pay 100% with pre-certification with an in-network provider. No co-payment is required for these visits. These eight visits can be in-person, by phone or via video conference. Once you have scheduled with an in-network provider, YOU MUST CALL FOR PRE-CERTIFICATION. For pre-certification, call 1-866-881-6800, available 24/7. This number will direct you to the EAP center that handles all of the claims. Along with your pre-certification, you will receive an authorization number that will be used by the provider to file your visits. You may also contact the office of the South GA Conference Pastoral Counselor for help with this process or to secure the best resource for your particular issue by calling 478-929-1032. Click here for more information.
Outpatient Services
After the eight EAP visits are met, your out-of-pocket expense depends on which HealthFlex plan you are enrolled in:

  • B1000- $15 for an outpatient visit
  • HRA plan - coinsurance fee of 50% of provider fee with no deductible.
  • HAS plan - Full rate until you meet the deductible and then there is a coinsurance fee of 30% percent of providers fee.

NOTE: Some therapist’s do not file insurance, period. They insist on full fee at the time of your visits. Contact who will walk you through the process of filing your own claims. 
Finding a Provider
1.    Go to HealthFlex/WebMD
2.    My Healthflex Benefits
3.    Medical and Behavioral Health- BCBS
4.    Click Doctors and Hospitals
5.    Find a doctor or hospital
6.    Under Browse by Category, choose behavioral health
*If you already have a provider and they are in-network with BCBS, just give them your BCBS ID card. Out-of-network, you may need to submit your own claims. Call me for more information 478-929-1032.
Spouses or dependents not covered by conference insurance may also contact Deborah Wight-Knight, Conference Pastoral Counselor, for help in finding appropriate and effective mental health resources.
Questions regarding your general medical health benefit coverage can be answered by the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048. For concerns related to mental health, please contact Kate Tyler, CPC Assistant, or me at 478-929-1032 (Office) or 478-397-9800 (Cell).
Deborah Wight-Knight, LMFT
Conference Pastoral Counselor

Deborah Wight-Knight, M.Div., L.M.F.T.
Conference Pastoral Counselor


Kate Tyler
CPC Assistant

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