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Merakey Closing NEPA Behavioral Health Locations

August 30, 2018

A national behavioral health provider is closing its locations in four Northeast Pennsylvania counties, affecting about 2,400 clients and 165 employees.

In a statement today, officials with Merakey, formerly NHS, said they will continue to provide services at programs in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties until all patients can move to other providers. The closures are to be completed by the end of October.

The company blames unsustainable insurance reimbursement rates for the closures.

“There’s no secret that ... reimbursement rates remain a challenge,” spokesman Kevin Feeley said. “Merakey has tried for most of the last decade to find a way to offer these programs as affordably as possible, and it just can’t do it any more.”

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