Affordable Care Act Expands Treatment for Addicts in California

Nationwide, 3 million to 5 million people with alcohol and drug problems will become eligible for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act next year. In California, more than 95,000 people with drug and alcohol problems are currently getting treatment through Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. It is projected that 146,000 more will be eligible next year.

With these staggering predictions, providers are scrambling to find ways to serve the expected wave of people coming to their doors for help overcoming their addictions.

“Today, an enormous amount of people don’t qualify for Medi-Cal so they aren’t tapping that system,” said Albert Senella, president of the Tarzana-based California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives. “But if we don’t build up our capacity to treat them once they become eligible, we will end up with crowded ER rooms and more people in urgent care.”

After so many funding cuts in recent years, many providers say they do not get enough money now for the people they are supposed to be treating. At this time, they do not have the resources to prepare for the new population of people who need treatment. Substance abuse recovery services are one of the mandated essential health benefits required to be provided under the Affordable Care Act.

When you recognize harmful patterns and seek treatment, you can increase your chances of leading a healthier life. Cliffside Malibu is here to support you in your search for an alcohol-free life. We believe you deserve to have a private, comfortable and luxurious environment as you navigate your journey to a sober life. Our center allows you to explore your mental health needs, creates a treatment plan that is unique to you and allows you to discover beneficial coping skills. To learn more about alcohol treatment at Cliffside Malibu, call (855) 403-5641.