Health law to open access to addiction treatment

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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 Franklin 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."

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