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Embark’s Commitment to Employees’ Benefits and Needs

Caitlin Burm
May 22, 2020

Tempe, Arizona – Embark Behavioral Health announced three additional changes to employee benefits today, as part of their initiative to make their benefits more reflective of their core purpose and their commitment to better meet employees’ needs in 2020.

The three new benefits include:

  1. Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is now available to all employees of Embark, including both full and part-time employees.

CIGNA’s Life Assistance Program offers a 24/7 confidential and professional resource to employees and their families to help with life’s challenges and benefits now include:

  • Childcare and parenting resources
  • Counseling assessments and referrals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Daily living information services
  • Face-to-face counseling sessions (3)
  • Financial services
  • ID theft victim resources
  • Legal services
  • Older adult and senior care resources

Employees have 24/7 website access to live chat with consultants, get online referral requests, use online trainings, webinars and more.

  1. F.S.A and H.S.A Changes

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, has provided special provisions relaxing over-the-counter restrictions for spending accounts.

Below are some highlights of the CARES Act as it relates to employee benefits:

  • Health insurance plans can reimburse telehealth services pre-deductible without impacting Health Saving Account (HSA) eligibility
    • Note: this provision is temporary and will expire on December 21, 2021
  • Menstrual care products are now reimbursable as eligible expenses, including tampons and pads
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are now reimbursable under Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Health Saving Accounts without requiring a prescription or completing a Letter of Medical Necessity Form
    • This provision is retroactive to January 1, 2020
  1. Mental Health Co-Pay Reduction

As of April 2020, mental health co-pays were reduced from $70 to $35 per session for visits claimed through the company medical insurance plan.

This is a 50% reduction in cost to benefit-eligible employees and applies to mental health counseling sessions and psychiatry appointments.

This helps create better alignment between company benefits and Embark’s commitment to their core purpose and employees.

Embark’s Human Resources Director, Ryan Penhallegon, said this of the new benefits:

“Benefits are an important cultural aspect of our organization, and they play and will continue to play, a vital role in caring for and protecting our employees and their families.”

About Embark

Embark Behavioral Health is a leading network of behavioral health treatment centers, for young people, that is dedicated to reversing the trends of anxiety, depression and suicide by 2028. For more information about Embark or our treatment programs, visit: embarkbh.com.

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Caitlin Burm

Caitlin Burm is the Content Strategist at Embark Behavioral Health. She’s developed and managed health content for consumers and professionals across several industries, including government administration, health care and hospital organizations, higher education and more. She has won awards for her news writing and is an NAHJ member. She resides in Arizona with her daughter, son and husband.