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JEFFERSONVILLE —​ LifeSpring Health Systems announced today that in light of the ongoing government shutdown, all copays and deductibles for furloughed federal employees and their families will be waived. LifeSpring CEO, Dr. Terry Stawar said in a news release, “As a part of the health safety net for the community, we want to make our services as accessible as possible. For those feeling the financial strain of the shutdown, the cost of health care should not become a burden as well.”

The LifeSpring Board of Directors approved the measure at Wednesday night’s board meeting to cover all federal employees, federal contractors, and their dependents for the length of the furlough and 45 days following.

“The health of the furloughed government employees and their families should not suffer while they are working to ensure all governmental services and agencies continue. We know the financial impact on these workers and their families won’t end as soon as the furlough ends, so we want to make sure we continue to help as they sort out their finances,” Stawar said.

LifeSpring Health Systems is the state designated community mental health center in 11 Southern Indiana counties and a Federally Qualified Health Center. LifeSpring serves more than 10,000 clients annually by providing a comprehensive spectrum of behavioral healthcare services. To learn more, visit LifeSpring’s website at www.lifespringhealthsystems.org.​

This waiver applies to all mental health and primary care services offered at any LifeSpring location. LifeSpring can also assist with connecting individuals to specialists, affordable prescription medication, medical devices and other health care services. Furloughed employees should bring in proof of current federal employment. To make an appointment, individuals should call 812-280-2080 or 800-456-2117.

LifeSpring offers mental health and addiction services in 11 counties across southern Indiana: Clark, Crawford, Dubois, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Orange, Perry, Scott, Spencer, and Washington. Primary care services are offered in Jeffersonville, Austin and Salem.

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