Connecting You To Treatment Based On You And Your Needs

Finding a Rehab Center That is Unique To You Is The Key To Recovery and Long Term Success!

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.

Get Help At RehabCenter.net

We can answer all your questions and guide you towards the right decisionThat’s where RehabCenter.net comes in. We can help you find the rehab that best fits your needs, and we only pick those that have a proven record of success and meet our standards. Contact us today if you or a loved one are looking into drug rehab. We can answer all your questions and guide you towards the right decision.

Help Us Save Lives - Please Share
Back To Blog

10 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.

Reply
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.”

Reply
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.

Reply
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

Reply
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

Reply
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!!!

Reply
casey says: September 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

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

Reply
Rehab Center says: September 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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.

Reply
Jim Bakunowicz says: September 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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..

Reply
Rehab Center says: September 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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.

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*

Talk Now: 800-406-7633

Talk Now: 800-406-7633

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign up for our Newsletter and receive the latest on addiction treatment news. Keep up on new treatment methods, new intervention methods, new self help techniques, new drug and alcohol rehab centers and much more. Your information will be kept confidential.