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Does medicare cover alcohol rehab?

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Asked: 2018-06-01 08:43:09
Sometimes my dad talks about needing alcohol rehab. He has been an alcoholic for many years but never actually willing to get help. He's been talking about it more lately and Im looking to see his options considering he is now on medicare for his health insurance.


Answered: 2018-06-14 05:55:42

Yes. Thankfully, since the Affordable Care act came in, alcoholism is now seen as a mental health illness and/or a disease, so you can get treatment. In fact, if you look up any drug rehab near me your insurance should cover some, if not all of your treatment. With over 100,000 people dying annually directly or indirectly from alcohol, this is a public health issue and helping people get better is more of a priority as its so prevalent in our society.


Answered: 2018-06-02 01:53:11

It depends what kind of coverage you have. You certainly have access to some sort of treatment, but it may not include hospitalization or in-patient rehabilitation. SAMHSA are working with a number of facilities and independent bodies to ensure that people get the right kind of care, so it is improving.


Answered: 2018-06-27 02:45:39

You may not have access to inpatient rehab, unfortunately. Inpatient care is highly recommended for alcohol rehab, simply because the withdrawal itself is so dangerous. Also, being in that closed environment is helpful because you simply have no access to alcohol, which believe me, helps when your body is screaming for a drink.


Answered: 2018-06-13 21:25:01

If you have Medicare, then you are eligible for some kind of cover that will help you through alcohol rehab. It may not cover long stays in residential facilities, but you will have access to screening, intervention and care during your recovery. There are a couple of things required your provider must state that it is medically necessary for you to have this treatment and they must set up your plan of care. You may also be required to receive these services at a Medicare-approved facility. The best thing to do to discover how much care you are entitled to is to contact a local rehabilitation center and speak with them about your options.


Answered: 2018-06-03 04:05:23

I'm confident that medicare does cover alcohol rehab. Of course you have to meet their requirements and the medicare process but alcohol rehab should be covered.


Answered: 2018-06-02 04:06:19

Yeah, I believe that alcohol rehab is covered by medicare- Anyway I hope it does, best of luck with your dad Valeria.


Answered: 2019-04-03 16:43:01

Medicare Part B will cover alcohol rehab if certain stipulations are met. You first need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine if you do have an addiction to alcohol that is uncontrollable or if you simply drink more often that you should and can stop on your own. Medicare Part B will not cover alcohol rehab without a doctor referring you to get the necessary treatment.

Before you can apply for the coverage by Medicare, you need to determine what form of treatment you need. Many patients need to check themselves into a rehab institution so that they can get inpatient care. Inpatient care allows them to be monitored during their detox period. The withdrawal symptoms from alcoholism can be quite significant and seeking professional help can minimize the symptoms that you experience.

Inpatient care allows you to also treat any emotional issues that you have. You need to be able to talk to a psychologist about things that have happened in your past that may trigger you to want to drink. You can learn skills to use when you go back into everyday life to avoid relapsing.

Medicare covers the cost of inpatient and outpatient care, if you are able to prove that you really need the help. Your doctor will be able to fill out the necessary paperwork for you to submit to your Medicare agent so that you can get the care that you need. You need to talk to your agent before booking your stay to make sure that it is approved for payment before you go into treatment. It’s important to know Medicare can deny paying for multiple stays in a treatment facility so you need to do everything that you can to avoid a relapse in the future. You can go to group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous to decrease the chances of relapsing in the future. Talking to others about the way that you are feeling allows you to realize you aren’t alone and get advice that could help you avoid relapsing.

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