Many Need Treatment but Finances or Lack of Insurance Interferes
There is a treatment gap in America when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction rehab. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2012 an estimated 23.1 million Americans (8.9 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (1 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility.
For many people, the cost of treatment is what holds them back. We at Lighthouse Network believe that everyone should be given the chance to overcome their drug, alcohol, and psychological disorders. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this help is now available to more people. Medicaid-covered drug rehab allows individuals with financial constraints to experience the benefits of professional treatment for addiction disorders, and helps them get their lives back together.
Lighthouse Network can get you into a Medicaid covered drug rehab facility quickly. We will set your mind at ease and give you all the information to make a confident decision. Give us a call at 844-LifeChange (543-3242) right now to help navigate the different types of Medicaid drug rehab centers available under your policy.
With the number of individuals struggling with substance abuse or dependence growing every year, it has become clear that many of these people need professional help. Addiction is not a disease that will go away on its own, but rather, usually gets worse over time. Addiction and poverty together form a vicious cycle, with each condition fueling and contributing to the other. When individuals are unaware of their options for treatment and the resources available to them, the result is a person who continues to spiral out of control, until they risk losing everything.
Addiction is a Disease and Needs Treatment
In recent years, as knowledge about drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness has improved, the perception of these conditions has changed. Instead of simply dismissing a drug addict as not trying hard enough to get sober, the medical community, government, and the public are beginning to realize that there is more to it than that. Addiction is a disease that must be treated, much like diabetes or heart disease. Addiction is more than just a defect in will power. Making a decision to get better, then accepting the expertise and help of trained professionals to bring healing to all 3 spheres of spirit, mind, and body, your addiction can stop and be healed.
Understanding Medicaid Coverage and Addiction Treatment
Medicaid was designed to provide treatment and services to families that have few resources at hand. It is set up in such a way that each state can determine their own eligibility requirements, types of coverage, and benefits. However, the Affordable Care Act now requires states to improve their coverage for certain conditions like mental illness and substance abuse treatment.
Today, with our country’s new focus on the importance of treatment for addiction and mental health disorders, many Medicaid users are able to get the help they need. The goal with recent legislation is to provide better treatment options for those with substance abuse disorders. Drug and alcohol treatment, under the Affordable Care Act, is considered primary care, and its treatment is covered as an “essential service.” It also provides coverage for the prevention and early treatment of addiction and related disorders.
Lighthouse Helps You Understand Your Changing Medicaid Addiction Coverage
Changes in Medicaid coverage means that millions of low income Americans can get the help they need for a substance abuse disorder. The effects will be far reaching. An estimated 65 percent of insured Americans are currently covered by Medicaid or Medicare, according to DrugFree.org. The insurance companies that provide services to the rest of the insured population base their coverage on government plans like Medicaid, which mean changes in Medicaid coverage will impact nearly everyone.
The professionals at Lighthouse Network understand what these changes mean for you. We can show you exactly what your plan will and will not cover. Our experts will help you utilize the fullest benefit of your Medicaid plan for drug rehab services.
Under the new legislation, Medicaid users will be able to take advantage of screening, health visits, family counseling, and treatment plans. It is the hope of treatment providers, and family and friends of those struggling with addiction, that soon, coverage for substance use disorders will be comparable to that of other conditions like diabetes or asthma. Up until now, Medicaid would cover the cost of some inpatient detox and treatment programs, but usually with restrictions on program length and type. Soon, individuals could receive coverage for intervention, counseling, and maintenance medications related to substance abuse treatment. There are many resources available to Medicaid recipients that can help them find treatment for addiction. SAMHSA has information on their website about Medicaid coverage for each state, and can provide other options for reduced or free treatment programs.
Payment problems should not be a reason to keep someone out of much needed addiction treatment. For those who have developed dependence to drugs or alcohol, little can be done to get them back on their feet until they receive help for their addiction. Lighthouse Network is here to help. We connect individuals with treatment providers that can offer them real help. Our experienced addiction counselors can answer your questions about Medicaid coverage for drug rehab, and get you or your loved one on the road to recovery. We help people of all faiths find the treatment programs that are right for them, including Christian-based treatment and holistic treatment programs.
For more information about Medicaid and drug rehab programs, contact us at 844-LifeChange (543-3242) today.