Obamacare and Addiction Treatment
When Obamacare was instituted, healthcare providers promised that there would be drug rehab options available for addicts, even for those in the early stages of using heroin and other opiates. According to this article from Behavioral Health of Palm Beach, this is more related to individual insurance companies than Obamacare as a whole.
However, in this article from CNN, rehab facilities themselves are responsible, because they have consistently cheated insurance companies, charging more for services than they should.
Whatever the reason, it’s leaving many people dealing with heroin addiction with improper treatment and detox resources.
Rehab and Detox for Heroin Addicts
Heroin addicts require a special level of treatment, both because of the nature of their addiction, as well as the fact that their bodies have lost their natural ability to fight pain. For these addicts to have a fighting chance at recovery, they require specialized knowledge from high-quality facilities. Is the recent inability of Obamacare’s insurance providers just a hiccup that will be figured out eventually, or will this lack of adequate rehab continue to fail addicts?
The time has come to prioritize heroin detox facility and treatment for opiate addiction. There are many reasons for this, but one of the foremost is that there have been many more patients seeking addiction treatment in recent years, especially among young people who are addicted to opiates like Oxycontin. To properly treat these people, the facilities need a large amount of resources that quite simply, insurance providers are not providing under Obamacare.
Methadone clinics and other drug rehabilitation centers have felt the pinch in recent years, because many patients are under-insured for the level of treatment they need. While this varies from addict to addict, drug rehabilitation is expensive, and no insurance companies operate on an unlimited budget.
The healthcare system, even after Obamacare, has failed many uninsured and under-insured addicts, preventing them from rehabilitation and opportunities to detox. However, there are many resources available for addicts to get financial assistance for the treatment and detox resources they need.