Addiction and Obamacare

 

Is Obama Care Critical to Addiction Treatment?

There is no doubt that many people are struggling with addiction. Some people seem to struggle silently but others reach out for assistance through various addiction programs. This type of addiction treatment has helped many individuals to overcome the problem and to begin leading a life that is free of that struggle. One of the many different addictions that has seen an increase in recent years is opiate addiction, but addiction treatment centers can help many individuals, regardless of whether it is opiates, alcohol or any other addictive substance.

One of the problems with many addiction treatment programs is the fact that people are unable to afford the treatment they truly need. This can occur for any number of different reasons but one of the reasons is because they are lacking in insurance. It may also be that they don’t have the proper finances to afford such a program or it could be a combination of the two. In either case, it is important to consider the ways that these individuals can get the treatment they need so that they can be free of the addiction and move on with their life.

In most cases, people get insurance through their employment. That accounts for about one out of every three individuals who are employed. Now that the affordable health care act has been put into place, and has helped many individuals to be covered for drug addiction and the treatments that are available. Prior to the time that Obamacare was in place, most of the plans available in the workplace did not offer coverage for such drug addiction treatment services. In other words, people may have had insurance and it may have covered a wide range of healthcare options but it didn’t cover drug treatment.

Prior to the time that Obamacare was in place, people were still getting the treatment that they needed but in many cases, it was the taxpayer that was footing the bill. In fact, there were billions of dollars that were being funneled from taxpayer funds in order to give charity to those who needed a treatment program that would have otherwise been covered by their health insurance plan. Obamacare helped to remove part of that problem by including this treatment within the coverage of the health plans that were available for many people. It was a success in that regard.

Of course, even with Obamacare in place, there are still going to be issues that are involved in getting people the proper care they need for addiction treatment. Sometimes, people are not going to seek out the proper treatment for the addictions that they have and in some cases, they may still not be covered under an insurance policy, even though they could receive affordable insurance under the Obamacare program. There are still taxpayer funds that are being funneled off for this purpose to help those individuals to get the treatment that they need. It was a step in the right direction but it is still a work in process.

The unfortunate reality for many people is the fact that we live in a world that does not always offer what is necessary for our ailments. Far too many people are dying as a result of opiate drug overdose and those numbers just seem to be on the rise, regardless of where you live in the United States. Having the addiction treatment programs in place within the community is a huge step that and help. Having Obamacare in place is also a step that can help people to get the necessary treatment in an affordable way.