FAQs About The Cost Of Drug Rehab

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One of the biggest concerns people have about addiction treatment is how they are going to afford it. From using insurance to finding rehab centers that offer free treatment, read on to explore answers to common FAQs about how to pay for substance abuse treatment.

FAQs About The Cost Of Drug Rehab

An addiction treatment program is a true turning point for people facing substance use disorders. In treatment, a person can learn skills to overcome substance use issues and begin the path to long-term recovery.

Unfortunately, the cost of a recovery program can sometimes deter people from seeking treatment. Keep reading to learn more about how to address the cost of addiction treatment.

FAQs About The Cost Of Drug Rehab

From insurance deductibles to out-of-pocket expenses, the costs of a rehab program can add up quickly. Learn how to address some of these costs below.

The cost of rehab varies greatly depending on what level of care you need and how long the program is. Outpatient treatment can cost around $5,000 whereas inpatient or residential treatment can cost as little as $5,000 or as much as $80,000

Learn more about the specific costs of rehab programs.

You still have options if you don’t have insurance. Some treatment centers will offer payment assistance such as a sliding fee scale.

Other treatment centers will help you apply for Medicaid in order to receive state-funded insurance benefits. Some even offer free treatment through government funding or donations.

Learn more about paying for rehab without insurance.

Even if you have insurance, you may still have out-of-pocket expenses. Insurance may not cover everything, so you would be responsible for what coverage does not address.

You would also be responsible for your deductible.

Learn more about out-of-pocket expenses for a rehab program.

Addiction treatment loans typically come from lenders who offer loans at competitive rates or from rehab centers that will finance your treatment for you, allowing you to make regular payments.

Learn more about substance abuse treatment loans.

Yes, most Medicaid programs will pay for Suboxone treatment for opioid use disorder. A couple of states will not, but there may be other medications that they will pay for.

Learn more about Medicaid coverage for Suboxone treatment.

Yes, health insurance companies are required to cover drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

The Affordable Care Act makes mental health and substance abuse treatment programs essential health benefits.

Keep reading about insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

Most evidence-based treatments are covered by insurance. These include behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatment.

Outpatient and inpatient levels of care are also covered.

Learn more about the types of addiction treatment that are covered by insurance.

To verify insurance coverage, you can reach out to your insurance provider to inquire about coverage for the substance use treatment program you’re interested in attending.

You may also be able to verify your insurance company’s benefits on the website of the treatment center you are considering.

Learn more ways to verify your insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

Yes, there are. Most states have rehab programs that are partially or entirely funded through the state or county governments.

These rehab programs offer many of the same services as privately funded programs.

Learn more about state-funded rehab centers.

Some rehab centers offer clients a sliding fee scale. A sliding scale is a way of determining payment based on your income.

Learn more about sliding fee scales for addiction treatment.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (HSA) are ways that you can set aside money for health-related expenses.

Some employers contribute to employee HSA accounts. Since they are for health expenses, you can use money from these accounts to pay for a rehab program.

Learn more about using FSA and HSA plans to pay for a rehab program.

That depends on your plan and the insurance company it is through.

Some insurance companies place limits per year, but that is not always the case. Check with your insurance provider to see if they place limits on the number of times they will pay for drug and alcohol rehab programs.

Learn more about the number of times an insurance company will cover rehab.

Yes. According to the IRS, health expenses are tax deductible (which is why HSAs keep money for health expenses in a separate account).

Since a drug rehab program is considered a medical expense, addiction treatment is tax deductible.

Learn more about addiction treatment and tax deductions.

That depends on the rehab center. If a facility allows you to finance your treatment, you will begin monthly payments according to its schedule.

If they don’t require the amount upfront, most rehab centers require an admission cost or deposit of $3,000 to $4,000 dollars.

Learn more about billing for addiction treatment.

If you have been denied any coverage for evidence-based addiction treatment, you can reach out to your state health department, the office of the attorney general, or the insurance commissioner.

They may be able to help you with the issue and guide you through the appeals process.

Learn more about what to do if your insurance company denies you coverage.

In general, inpatient treatment programs are more expensive than outpatient treatment programs. This is largely due to the costs of living expenses that are incurred when you stay at a facility, whereas during outpatient treatment, you are not living at the facility.

Learn more about the cost of inpatient care versus outpatient care.

You can maximize your insurance benefits by completing some very practical steps. Be in contact with the treatment center’s admissions department and the insurance company.

You may also consider less expensive treatment options like outpatient care.

Learn more about maximizing your insurance benefits for addiction treatment.

The treatment center should be upfront about all fees associated with treatment. It is possible, however, that you may be responsible for additional fees for services not included in your treatment plan.

In general, if the rehab you are considering is accredited and certified, there should be no hidden costs.

Learn more about the hidden costs of addiction treatment.

If you need treatment beyond what your insurance company will cover, you should address those concerns with your treatment center.

You may qualify for financial assistance such as a payment plan or a sliding fee scale. You may also be able to take out a loan to pay for the remainder of your treatment.

Learn more about what to do if your insurance plan won’t cover the full addiction treatment program.

In a sense, you can. For example, you can opt for an outpatient treatment program as opposed to an inpatient program. Or you can ask for medication-free treatment.

Unless you qualify for payment assistance, treatment prices are not negotiable.

Learn more about negotiating the cost of addiction treatment.

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