Addiction And The Affordable Care Act
There have certainly been some heated exchanges in Washington D.C. the past few months, as Republicans and Democrats battle it out over the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare“). And in the midst of that, many notable news outlets are reporting that recovery coverage hangs in the balance.
There is no denying that health insurance plays a big role in whether people choose to seek out treatment for their addictions. It makes the process much more affordable and, according to several lawmakers, is the difference between life and death. So, as The Los Angeles Times puts it, repealing Obamacare could lead to a drastic increase in drug and alcohol-related fatalities.
Truth be told, millions of Americans would be impacted if changes happen to the current coverage plans; particularly those with low incomes. And tragically, addiction does take a heavy toll on people’s fortunes, driving middle class citizens into dire financial situations.
Greg Moody was interviewed by The Times and works as the head of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation. He has been a very vocal proponent for keeping Obamacare alive, particularly the services it offers through Medicare.
“It just makes more sense to do this through coverage because you can connect people to the full array of services they need to deal with substance abuse,” he explained.
Dr. Shawn Ryan, another interviewee, runs the BrightView Health treatment clinics in Cincinnati. His recovery center currently accepts ACA coverage, but would not be able to continue if changes were made to Medicaid.
“It would be catastrophic,” he told the outlet. “We have never before had a sustained effort to confront substance abuse. We are just beginning to get some momentum to change the whole paradigm for patients.… Without Medicaid coverage, we couldn’t continue.”
The Times also made a point to call out the nation’s growing opioid crisis and how it cost the lives of tens of thousands of Americans last year. With this growing epidemic and a potential shift in coverage availability, there is a strong chance that overdose numbers could increase.
We certainly do not like to take sides when it comes to political issues. Our concern first and foremost is taking care of those struggling with addiction. But The Times certainly makes a compelling argument and we, ourselves, have seen how instrumental proper insurance coverage can be when it comes to people choosing recovery.
So please, do your due diligence when it comes to insurance and look into exactly how this legislation may impact your family’s coverage. Because the last thing you would need during an addiction issue, is to be caught off guard with finances.