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

Kristine Baker says: January 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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.

John says: February 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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.”

william says: April 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

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.

mark says: April 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

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

mark says: April 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

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

Julie says: May 17, 2014 at 3:41 am

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!!!


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