Health law to open access to addiction treatment - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Health law to open access to addiction treatment

Posted: Updated:

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Changes under the federal health care overhaul means health insurance companies will be required to pay for substance abuse and addiction treatment beginning next year.

The change means that up to 62 million people across the country will receive some kind of coverage for drug and alcohol problems, ranging from paying for weekly counseling sessions to long-term stays in rehabilitation facilities.

Local treatment centers are encouraged that addiction will be treated more like a disease than a moral shortcoming. But Jessica Daugherty, admissions director for the Tara Treatment Center in Franklin, questions remain about what will be covered and for which people.

However, Daugherty tells the Daily Journal the change will certainly increase patients' ability to access services somewhere and at some level, and that's a "lot better than nothing."

Copyright 2013 Associated Press.  All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.