Insurance Plans Not Covering Necessary Services for People with Addiction: Report

A new report finds insurance plans around the country are not covering the necessary services for people with addiction. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reviewed addiction benefits offered in the 2017 Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans and found more than two-thirds violate the Affordable Care Act.

None of the plans are adequate, the report concluded. “Our findings reveal that people with addiction may not be receiving effective treatment because insurance plans aren’t covering the full range of evidence-based care,” Lindsey Vuolo, JD, MPH, Associate Director of Health Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and lead author of the report, said in a news release. “For example, our review did not find a single state that covers all of the approved medications used to treat opioid addiction.”

The Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans determine which addiction benefits are available to the 12.7 million people who are insured under Affordable Care Act plans. Substance use disorder services must be covered under the law, since they are designated as an Essential Health Benefit.

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