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Access to Health Care Services for Addiction Will Improve Dramatically: Faces & Voices of Recovery


Once the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014, access to effective health care services for addiction will improve dramatically, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery. In an issue brief, the advocacy group describes how the new legislation will make it possible for many in or seeking recovery to be included in the health care system for the first time.

Those who will benefit from the new law include people who were previously enrolled in Medicaid, and then were disenrolled; those who are coming out of the criminal justice system; and people who have not been able to afford insurance.

Under the ACA, a single enrollment application will determine if you are eligible for either Medicaid or the state insurance exchange, based on your reported annual income. People who do not qualify for Medicaid will be able to buy affordable health insurance through state health insurance exchanges. These are marketplaces that will be available to people who are not covered through their employer’s health plan, and those who work for small employers who provide employees with multiple health plan options.

The law guarantees that insurance companies will not be allowed to deny someone coverage or place a lifetime cap on what is deemed reimbursable because of a pre-existing condition. According to the brief, “The new policy regarding pre-existing conditions, already in place for children, has direct applications to the recovery community. Addiction to alcohol and other drugs (or a substance use disorder, as it is sometimes called) has been considered a pre-existing condition by many insurers, and used as a means to deny claims and a disqualifier for coverage. That will no longer be legal.”

Read the entire issue brief for more information on addiction treatment and the ACA.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Enjamin Garcia
    Enjamin Garcia / June 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Awareness is also a good way to make people gain knowledge about scenarios that one has to face and how improvement can be brought in the conditions that currently in the locality.

  2. Avatar of Mary J. Crabill
    Mary J. Crabill / March 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Drug addiction and alcohol abuse are two important issues that need to be addressed properly. This act will be beneficial for all those drug abusers.

  3. Avatar of David Judy
    David Judy / January 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Lost a seven year relationship over addiction. Someone looks at you everyday, telling you they love you and then go behind your back, steal from you, lie to you and lie to you again. I tried really, really hard. For four years I tried and now its over. For me, finally. For him, it continues. Pray for both of us please as I pray for all those with addictions. I myself was on Oxycodone. I was fortunate to be strong enough to wean off them. NO-it is not easy but it is possible. Never, never give up.

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