Drug And Alcohol Rehabs That Accept MassHealth
Medically reviewed byIsaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC
January 30, 2019
MassHealth is comprised of the Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) for Massachusetts. People who qualify for MassHealth coverage may be able to receive prescriptions, attend doctor visits, qualify for hospital stays, and seek other important health-related services like addiction treatment. Even if they already have coverage, individuals may qualify for no-cost coverage, low-cost coverage, or partial coverage.
How To Apply For MassHealth
There are three applications for MassHealth, and people seeking coverage should apply accordingly. They include the following three options:
- Individuals and Families, Including People with Disabilities
- Seniors and People Who Need Long-Term Care
- Assistance with Paying Medicare Part B Premiums (MassHealth Buy-In)
To find specific criteria for each, and more information on these applications, please go here. If you are approved, you will be added to one of the following MassHealth plans:
- MassHealth Standard
- MassHealth CommonHealth
- MassHealth Family Assistance
- MassHealth CarePlus
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What To Expect After You’re Accepted
After being added to a coverage plan, you will have to enroll, which you can do online through the MassHealth webpage. Plans for which you will be eligible differ according to the region of Massachusetts in which you live. You will receive information about which hospitals accept plan coverage according to region, for your specific plan.
Payments vary according to plan, as does the coverage covered by each plan. Further, people seeking treatment under any health coverage plan should approach treatment options with an open mind-—cost and payments depend largely on a number of factors, including the facility or treatment plan chosen, prescriptions, and more. That is why it is so important to make the process easier by first enrolling in a health care plan that covers substance abuse treatment. This can help to offset costs, or even cover them completely. Choosing a plan that is right for you or your loved one will help aid overall, in the journey to recovery.
How Does MassHealth Cover Substance Abuse Treatment
MassHealth offers a very comprehensive array of treatments. Again, types of treatment covered depend on which types of treatment for which you are eligible. Many of the MassHealth coverage plans cover different forms of substance abuse treatment, including:
- Residential Treatment Under 30 Days — this includes detox, transitional support services, and the Tewksbury stabilization program
- Residential Treatment Over 30 Days — this includes recovery homes, therapeutic communities, social model programs, specialized residential services for women/ families, and youth residential
In addition to these, as outlined by the MassHealth Provider Manual Series: Substance Use Disorder Treatment Manual, your scope of services may include those furnished by acute inpatient substance use disorders treatment services. They may also include services provided by “freestanding opioid treatment service centers” specifically, a person may engage in individual, group, and family/couple counseling and/or be administered those medications for opioid addiction that are FDA-approved, if their addiction specialist deems them necessary.
In terms of outpatient counseling services, the manual notes that individual, family, couples, or group counseling; case consultation, and even acupuncture detoxification are listed. Lastly, they do offer a definitive list of services for pregnant women, including intensive outpatient services, day treatment, and “enhanced acute inpatient substance use disorder treatment services.”
Within these offerings, you or your loved one can find the treatment, tools, and coping skills that are necessary towards building a more fulfilling and drug-free life.
Seeking Treatment For Recovery From Alcohol And Drug Abuse
Even though many people may not understand how anyone could fall prey to alcohol or drug abuse, many people are, in fact, affected by alcohol or substance use disorders. These are problems that impact countless people daily, and for which the right help must be found in order to foster a life of fulfillment, that is free from addiction.
As the National Institute on Drug Abuse aptly states, “In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will.” In other words, people who have been overcome by substance abuse or addiction need help. They need a proper diagnosis and thorough treatment, supported by a good facility and medical staff, the opportunity for medication-assisted therapy, and a support group, in order to have the best chance at recovery.
Begin The Process Today
If you’re seeking treatment for recovery from substance abuse or addiction, you have enough to worry about—don’t add health coverage to that list. If you are eligible for MassHealth, or if you’d like to discover if you are, let us help you find more information so that you can make your treatment needs a reality. We can help you get started down the road to recovery. Learn more about how to apply for coverage, and what the best treatment options available to you are. Contact us today.Article Sources
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Understanding Drug Use and Addiction