Health Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services

“Under healthcare reform, millions of people will become eligible for insurance coverage starting in January. The number of people seeking addiction treatment could double the article notes.

The federal government is urging states to expand their Medicaid programs. If 20 states do so, an additional 3.8 million patients with addiction problems would receive insurance, the AP notes. If almost all of the states expanded their Medicaid program, that number could reach 5.5 million. The law also designates addiction treatment as an “essential health benefit” for most commercial health plans.”

Source: – April 17, 2013


  1. Rodger Rhone says

    This sounds like a dream come true for me. I’ve been on methadone maintenance for 31 years now and all of that time I’ve paid for all the fees myself(cash). Currently my annual expense for treatment is $3640.00 plus transportation expenses makes my annual cost about $4000.00. For someone making $26,000/yr that’s a substantial expense. In 2002 I underwent 2yrs of treatment for Hepatitis C which put the virus in remission, but also made health insurance too expensive. It jumped from $400 to $900/month and I could not afford to pay it anymore. I’m actually just hoping for a decent policy with the basics and I’m waiting to see if ObamaCare will help. If it covered my methadone maint that would just be a bonus, but I would be happy if I could just get a decent policy for an affordable rate. I want to be able to pay my own way if I can just get fair and reasonable insurance rate. We’ll just have to wait and see but I’m praying about it every night. R Rhone

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