In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often known as the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” The ACA contained many new provisions to protect American consumers and cover a wider range of health services, making it easier to seek treatment for substance use disorders and have at least some of the costs covered by an insurance provider.
Before the ACA went into effect, many insurance companies refused to cover the broad range of services necessary to treat substance abuse effectively. These services include inpatient treatment, outpatient addiction treatment, supervised medical detox, supportive medications and services designed to help people with substance use disorders continue recovering long after they’ve completed formal treatment programs. In an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers claim the ACA has “dramatically changed that picture” by requiring insurance companies to cover substance abuse treatment.
Now that health insurance providers are required to cover treatment for substance abuse, drug rehab and alcohol rehab are much more affordable for Americans with traditional insurance coverage. Aetna, one of the largest insurance providers in the United States, is just one of the companies now offering treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Keep reading to learn more about how Aetna addiction treatment coverage can help you access the comprehensive care available at Virtue Recovery Center.