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Does Obamacare ( The Affordable Care Act ) Cover Drug Rehab?

Does Obamacare The Affordable Care Act Cover Drug Rehab-2-01It seems like everywhere you look these days, people are talking about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Being a hot button issue, many people wonder how it will affect them personally. Will they have to change insurances? Will their premiums go up? What services will Obamacare cover? Those who are looking into drug rehab may also be wondering how this new insurance will effect them in the future.

Does The Affordable Care Act Cover Drug Rehab?

The long and short of it: yes, the ACA does cover drug rehab. It considers substance abuse disorders as one of the ten essential elements of excellent health care and that all health insurance sold on Health Insurances Exchange and Medicaid from 2014 on must include it in their packages. This allows many individuals who previously did not have access to these services to be able to go to rehab now. Legislation is still determining exactly which specific services and types of treatment will be covered in full.

What Will Change?

As stated above, because mental health (including addiction) is now covered under Obamacare up to the same standards as physical health, many more people will have access to drug rehabs that did not have the means before. This means that more people will be receiving quality help for their addiction, making our nation as a whole healthier and decreasing the likelihood of abuse and relapse. Annually, untreated addiction costs the country 420 billion dollars due to health care, criminal justice, and lost productivity costs. Having addiction treatment covered under health insurance allows the country to save money by helping those with substance abuse issues get back on the right path, giving tax payers a break and allowing funding to go elsewhere.

Right now many people only receive addiction treatment services once they have hit bottom. In the future, the Affordable Care Act will treat addiction much like any other disease with prevention, early intervention, and plenty of options when it comes to care. This also means covered medical screenings, educational and informative campaigns, and community prevention activities. Overall, many more programs will be implemented to help those who are struggling or who have a family history of abuse to stay on the straight and narrow.

What Stays The Same?

While all this is good in theory, we won’t know how well Obamacare does with caring the weight of addiction treatment until we see it in action. Thus, people will always be able to check themselves into rehab without the help of insurance. It might be more expensive, but it is good to know that there will always be an option to choose the facility you want, instead of being forced to go where your insurance tells you to.

And just because insurance will cover some types of treatment, doesn’t mean that it will necessarily be of quality. Some research shows that nearly 90% of people who enter rehab aren’t receiving evidence-based treatment, or in other words, treatment that has proven to be effective. Thus, no matter how good insurance is as picking up the tab, one must be sure that they are receiving quality treatment, as that is the most important factor of recovery.

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45 Responses to “Does Obamacare ( The Affordable Care Act ) Cover Drug Rehab?”

  1. To comment on the statement “Thus, no matter how good insurance is as picking up the tab, one must be sure that they are receiving quality treatment, as that is the most important factor of recovery.” In our experience, the most important factor of successful recovery is the individuals willingness to change.

  2. I think its both Kristine. Sorry but I think that most people want to change but either don’t know how or don’t get quality treatment. Also environmental issues can be very distracting and cause a person to relapse. Outside influences like friends who are abusers is probably one of the biggest reasons people relapse. But I guess there is some truth to “If you put your mind to anything you can conquer.”

  3. So my girlfriend pays dacco 4000 thousand a year for the maint program I doubt obama care will pay the bill an her counsler has not told her anything im sure dacco will not except it obama care is a joke you have to pay but no hospitals an rehabs will except it. A joke.

  4. Obama care is more then a freaking joke no clean respected treatment centers accept it its like the best feeling im going to get help with my drug problem nope sorry nope sorry nope sorry if that isnt a let down what is but there is always jail thats cheap for us tax payers not we need insurance please

  5. Its coming just be patient here it is nope hang on here it is nope fooled ya here it comes be patient here it comes you get no help from the state insurance unless u sit in jail first wait here it comes yea right

  6. EXCUSE ME! The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, does indeed cover drug rehab. How do I know? Because, my son is in drug rehab currently in Florida. We live in Oklahoma. And, it is a good evidence-based treatment center. We researched the policies thoroughly. He chose a policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Three weeks later he got on a plane and flew to Florida. OBAMACARE…..THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is working! It is saving lives! Even the lives of people with the pre-existing condition of drug addiction!!!

  7. Julie did they cover the whole cost? I am looking for a good place and I don’t have any money. I do have blue cross thru Obama care. Thank you

  8. Casey, it seems like Obamacare has started paying for treatment. It’s certainly limited but we have heard about it paying. It’s new for us as well and we are still learning exactly what it will cover. Unfortunately I think this is true for most treatment providers, not only in the drug rehab industry, but others as well. If you give us a call at 1-800-406-7633 our treatment specialists can call your local facilities and see if they accept Obamacare. Hope this helps and good luck.

  9. Please help me. My daughter who is 24 years old is a major heroin addict. Her mother and i do not have any funds to cover treatment nor do we have any insurance. My wife and i are not together, we are divorced, but are on the same page of getting our daughter help. She is currently housed in Maricopa county jail in Arizona on drug charges. We will not bail her out. We would if she could enter a rehab. We have enrolled her before and she did not get entered into a full time facility. Any help that could be sent our way to help this precious child would be welcomed..

  10. Dear Jim, we are very sorry to hear about your daughter. Heroin is a serious problem that needs to be treatment immediately. Try giving us a call at 1-800-406-7633. You might want to look at a longer termed program that provides detox as well. Heroin is a tough drug to kick but not impossible. Hope this helps and hang in there.

  11. Im a 32 yr old gay male and since I can remember (6th grade) I have constantly had a steady addiction to some sort of drug/alcohol. I was sober for 3 years and then relapsed on meth and haven’t put the pipe down for 3 years. I’m exhausted, depressed, lonely, regretful, and have built a tolerance that is absolutely obsurd. I’m not even sure what it feels like to get high anymore. I live in az and have government insurance-health choice and assume if there was any help available it would be very minimal and cheap. The kicker is my 27 yr old sister who lives in Ca and has a daughter-has access health insurance has just admitted her drinking is going to kill her. She’s recently gotten a DUI, a drunk in public with her 6 yr old daughter, and the father has taken custody until she shows sign of change. Were both so full of life and potential and it breaks my heart to know our lives thus far have been wasted with nothingwere stories of how messed up we were- Im ready for the next stage of my life and I want to begin it with my little sister. Is it possible to go to a rehab facility together and what’s the chance insurance will cover it? I’m praying for a miracle

  12. I am also wondering about this for my boyfriend. I have to wonder if all the negative remarks about Obamacare not paying for rehab- are from people who have called two places and gave up/ people who expected it to be free? And, then I also wonder if there is some truth to it, and the only rehabs that are covered are ones without the extras that make it effective…. well-educated staff, with dual-diagnosis/non-addictive medicine prescribing therapists, long term in-patient- my boyfriend does not have the patience or attention span to research this stuff on his own. I find it hard to believe that a good rehab would not take Blue Cross Blue Shield- a plan that was provided at a cheaper premium to someone by a government enforced law. There has to be something that is reasonably priced that is covered to some percentage by more affordable insurance.

  13. I have state insurance called apple health care. Im looking for a place that I can detox at. is there anywhere in the seattle Washington area that will accept this insurance?

  14. I’m not worhty to be in the same forum. ROTFL

  15. I have a daughter who is in a drug rehab program, she wants to get off drugs, she was never on street drugs she got addicted to pain killers prescription when she was in a physical theorpy program, she has a high addiction personality, now she is trying to get off thes pain meds, and her dad and I just can’t afford the high cost of her Dr. Visits and her medications she needs to take, we are doing it right now but it really keeps us broke all the time, I am looking for a insurance comp who will cover her office visits to her Dr. and her drug subsolv, it is costing us like 400 a month for dr. visits and then another 600 for her durg subsolv, she is not able to work right now, until they get her medicines leveled out, she has been in rehab outpatient for 4 weeks now and is doing really good with the dug subsolv, can you please tell me if there are in insurance comp.or if oboma care will cover any of this to help us out. She has no income so we will have to pay the premium for insurance for her. does anyone know any insurance company’s in Virginia who will write a police for someone and cover this for her, any answers to this would be so appreciated. I have to try and research this for her she just don’t feel like doing it.

  16. Julie, have you ended up finding insurance that covers zubsolv?? I just saw this and it’s hard to find anyone who covers that or any of the suboxone/subtex medications. But check into United healthcare. Once I got on their plan my doctor visits went from $300 to $30 and my prescription to zubsolv was completely free. They covered zubsolv for at least a year, and reevaluate after a year if they will cover it. My total prescription cost every two week went from $250 to like $45 or so, then when I got the coupon from there website that you can use as many times as you want and it is $2 and some change off each pill it made it completely free. I actually paid less when I got more pills because the coupon took more $$$ off of the standard $45 with insurance. With that said… Anyone of suboxone or zubsolv go find the coupons from their websites… Insurance or not… They can be used over and over and may only be a couple bucks but save you hundreds!


  18. Please help. I’m looking to get my gf into a long term drug rehab to keep her out of jail. Living in Alabama and of course, no money. Any good recommendations are welcomed.

  19. My girl friend and I need to be in a treatment program , we have a serious addiction to opiates and need to be detoxed and rehabilateted we both have access and currently live in phx,AZ
    Can you help us find treatment

  20. We can help find you and your girlfriend the treatment you deserve in Phoenix, Arizona. Please contact our 1-800 number to speak with an addiction specialist opiate addiction and the best method for detox.

  21. My daughter is in jail in Daytona Beach. She is an alcoholic and over using prescribed drugs. She can not get assistance because she is 36, not pregnant so with no job nor home (we refuse to have her home again)
    She knows and wants inpatient treatment, if it is granted at her next court date, who will pay?

  22. Wendy, please contact our 1-800 number to speak with one of our specialist about inpatient treatment and who pays for court ordered drug rehab.

  23. I would like to know if Ky medicaid anthem blue cross blue shield would cover a drug rehab in Florida, where I used to live and want to go back, with the thinking that after inpatient treatment I could get a job again where I want to be and transition to a halfway or sober house there to have a better chance at long term success. Any information about going from one state to another on medicaid?

  24. Please call our 1-800 number to speak with an addiction specialist.

  25. Will Ky medicaid anthem blue cross blue shield would cover a drug rehab in Florida, where I used to live and want to go back, with the thinking that after inpatient treatment I could get a job again where I want to be and transition to a halfway or sober house there to have a better chance at long term success. Any information about going from one state to another on medicaid?

  26. Kim, please contact our 1-800 number or fill out a contact form to be contacted by one our our specialist. We will work to provide information about the transfer of medicaid from one state to another.

  27. I need help. I’ve been helping my brother with the treatment for his addiction. It’s been 2 years and 3 programs without completion. He has no money. Is there a free inpatient program that accepts obamacare in Michigan? I want the info sobthete are no excuses and I can move.

  28. Please call us. We will help you find treatment for your brother.

  29. My niece. .24 has been using but for the last year and a half methamphetamine and heroin injecting… Her veins have become so horrific that they have exploded.. no longer being able to use a needle in her veins she has went ahead to the next level and has been injecting into muscles. .. we have been trying to get her help for and had her Detox – 6 months ago … she has a ohp we cannot find a place to take her they’ve all repeatedly said it takes anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks to get her in her mother has filled out paperwork from here to China …. we are in desperate need of some sort of guidance direction whatever help

  30. My daughter is 27 years old and is highly addicted to heroin alcohol pills or anything else she can get her hands on. She also has hepatitis which she has gotten through intravenous drug use. She has gotten me and her younger siblings evicted twice and has overdosed several times. We live in Chicago Cook County and she has County care I too cannot seem to find any place that really works for her. I am afraid she will die very soon. She lives in the street she causes a lot of problems and has torn our family apart. Please help me find somewhere for her before it’s too late. 🙁

  31. Hello, Dee. We are here to help you find a place where your daughter can get help! We will have someone contact you via email ASAP. If you would like immediate assistance, please call 800-406-7633!

  32. My son is 25 and we are going on 8 yrs of him being into drugs. The last 2 yrs I know has been meth and suboxon with a needle . He has the most beautiful, smart & loving 5 yr old that loves him more than she loves anyone else . She prays for her daddy every night . He is such a good hearted person and I just know if he doesn’t get help I will be burying him by Dec. Please help my baby before I lose him forever. He has Obama Care Insurance. My grand baby couldn’t handle the loss of her daddy. HELP !!!!!

  33. Donna, we are here to help you and your son! We will have someone contact you via email ASAP. Also, please feel free to contact us at 800-406-7633!

  34. Obama care is a federal program. Your state has to accept expansion of the Medicaid program in order to get these funds. look to your state for the answers here and ask why your governor has not permitted Medicaid expansion. I am from Ohio and people on Medicaid have been getting full mental health and alcohol and drug services for the past five years. Total payment. This includes Inpatient, Outpatient, Residential Methadone, Suboxone, Subtext and Vivatrol treatment. People must comply with treatment in order to receive the services. Most of the ones I know of are for profit and two in my tri county area have been shut down (for a short time) due to poor compliance on several levels so the programs have to hire quality staff and meet state and federal guidelines. I feel sorry for those of you not being able to find treatment but I really do think it is a “State thing” and not an Obamacare thing. Your state has to accept the money. In the past five years Ohio’s economy has improved drastically because of so many professional and semi-professional jobs being linked to greater access to mental health and alcohol and drug treatment. Our governor is a Republican and he broke ties with his party to expand Medicaid. that, along with an increase in the budget due to a return to increased taxes for the 1% from Obama, has helped our state greatly. But check our state and see whether they accepted expanded Medicaid or not.

  35. I don’t have any insurance but really need help been battling addiction since I was 12 and I’m now 36 I just don’t know what to do anymore

  36. Crystal, we are here to help you! We will have someone reach out to you via email ASAP. As always, you can still contact us via phone at 800-406-7633

  37. I need help, have to insurance or income please? Can you help me. I can be ready to go anytime.

  38. Laura, we are here to help you find the best treatment available! We’ll have someone contact you via the email address you’ve provided ASAP! Also, please feel free to contact us anytime at 1-800-570-3670.

  39. I am looking for help for my husband who was placed on oxicontin for RLS over 4 years ago. He was sent to the pain clinic where he thought they would help him figure out why his leg pain was so debilitating but all they did was put him on oxis. He has asked the doctors there on several occasions if they can help him whether it’s thru some sort of detox or help him titrate down to get off the oxi completely. He absolutely hates taking those pills and now it’s to the point where he doesn’t even get pain relief. It’s more just his brain and body telling him….. Oh it’s time for a pill. If he tries to get off he goes thru horrific withdrawals. He’s tried to titrate down on his own and then just kick them all together but the withdrawals are so horrific.
    He is frustrated that the doctors never bothered to recommend him to other specialists to find out the issue behind the leg pain. They just slapped pills on him instead. The other day he asked the doctor (this would be his 6th time now asking for help ) for something he could take to get off like suboxin or something… Anything. We feel that there needs to be some accountability on the part of these doctors when they put someone on these pills and never explain the horrific side affects. Since we are self employed we don’t have insurance so I am wondering if ObamaCare really does cover any real type of detox program. He doesn’t need long term care. But he will need inpatient care to fully detox. He is beyond ready to get off but feels hopeless since each time he’s called a rehab they’ve told him the cost is around 30k
    It’s a vicious cycle and I can’t help but wonder if it’s all perpetrated on purpose. Doctors push the opiate getting people hooked ensuring a cash flow of patients hooked on it and once they want off its another cash flow for rehabs. What a sick society that leaches off its citizens.
    If anyone can direct us to a good detox for getting completely off opioids let me know. We are in Montana. Not sure what’s available here and if obamacare will cover anything. We just don’t know enough about obamacare. Not even sure we can afford obamacare. Thanks for reading 🙂

  40. Jamie, thank you for reaching out to us about your husband! We will contact you ASAP via the email address you’ve provided us with. If you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone, please give us a call at 800-570-3670. We are here to help you seek treatment for your husband.

  41. My22 year old granddaughter needs to go to a good rehab center. She has Coventry Care & we live in Kentucky. Can you help?

  42. Hi Margaret, we are here to do our best to help you and your granddaughter! Please keep your eyes open for an email from us so that we may assist you further. If you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone ASAP, please give us a call at 800-570-3670.

  43. Is there a detox program that uses methadone or suboxone covered thru the bcbs obama funded ins/under going long term inpatient rehab in Arkansas

  44. Also if not in Arkansas… I hear that ark ins even state funde/obama funded care. Is one of few states that give out private hmo’s not clear what that means but hopefully it’ll be to my best interest please let me know at the least what I can hold on to hope of… I refuse to suffer the horribly horrific withdrawals with out . Suboxone or methadone tohelp the wd painfull process I fear
    Plz help

  45. Hi Jess.j, We are here to help you! Please look out for an email (at the email address you provided us) so that we can discuss options with you. If you would prefer to speak to someone over the phone, please contact us immediately at 800-570-3670.

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