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Rehab that Accepts Medicare

Medicare is federal health insurance. It’s offered to people 65 and older, some young people with disabilities, and those with end-stage renal disease. Some drug and alcohol rehab centers accept Medicare . However, it can be difficult to know which centers are the best fit for your specific needs. 

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About Medicare

Medicare began in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law. In its early days, Medicare was simple coverage for Americans without private insurance. Medicare expanded in 1972 to cover those with disabilities and end-stage renal disease. In 2003, Medicare could be approved by private health plans, which created a new plan called Part C. Part D passed in 2006, which offered coverage for prescription drugs. 

Medicare Plan Options

Medicare, like most health insurance companies, offers coverage for substance abuse treatment . This can include inpatient and outpatient treatment, counseling, and medication-assisted treatment. The specific details of Medicare’s substance abuse coverage will depend on the specific plan you have. You can contact Medicare directly or look at your plan's coverage details online to learn more about what substance abuse services are covered under your plan.

Medicare’s plans include Part A and Part B plans. Part C and Part D are reserved for Medicare Advantage plans, which are Medicare plans with private health insurance for items not covered by Medicare. 

  • Part A plans cover inpatient hospital care, nursing home care, skilled nursing home care, hospice, and home health care. 
  • Part B plans cover medically necessary and preventative services . These include ambulance rides, clinical research, durable medical equipment, outpatient prescription drugs, and mental health in an inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization setting. 
  • Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans include Parts A and B, and usually Part D too. Part C plans partner with private health insurance companies to cover more services, like dental, vision, and hearing.
  • Part D Medicare plans cover prescription drugs. 

Addiction Treatment Options

Medicare for Medical Detox

Medicare typically covers medically-supervised detox programs, which involve the use of medication and other treatments to help individuals manage the physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. In some cases, Medicare may also cover the cost of inpatient or residential detox programs, which provide a more intensive level of care and support.

Medicare and Medically-Assisted Treatment

MAT is a form of rehab that combines medication with therapy to help those recovering from addiction. Medicare covers many forms of MAT, including methadone and buprenorphine.

Medicare Coverage for Residential Treatment

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of rehab , and it typically involves staying at the center for several weeks or months. Inpatient treatment is ideal for those with severe addiction or mental health issues.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment is less intensive than inpatient treatment, and it typically involves visiting the center for a few hours a day. Outpatient treatment is ideal for those who need to continue working or taking care of their family while in rehab.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

Partial hospitalization typically involves staying at the center for several hours a day. Partial hospitalization is ideal for those who need a higher level of care than outpatient treatment but do not require 24-hour supervision.

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