The Unbalanced Being of the Day | Addicts
With the eventual repeal and replace of Obamacare coming to a city near you, addicts of all kinds are going to be on the losing end of this battle. The Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans and the effects have been life changing for those caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Many addicts went into rehab at Medicaid’s expense, after their specific states expanded the program under a provision of the act. Addicts who gained access to treatment programs for the first time are worried about how that might change as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress try to make good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
In areas overwhelmed by the opioid crisis, the uncertainty is worrisome to people receiving treatment. In Pennsylvania, nearly 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrolees received drug and alcohol treatment in 2015, the first year of the state’s expansion.
That’s a big number and it has only become bigger. Many years ago, in my former life in the finance world, we had a slew of Rehab Facilities come through our office looking to raise money for their new ventures or expansion. They knew their clinics would thrive under Obamacare. However, they also knew insurance companies would eventually fight back on what they wanted to give.
At the time, these facilities were offering mostly inpatient care. However, due to the cost, the insurance companies were pushing for more outpatient care, which they eventually received. No, it’s not ideal, but for many, it was better than nothing and it helped save many lives.
Without Obamacare or a suitable replacement, many of these people will not get the second chance they are looking for. Rehab doesn’t work for everybody, but if an addict is willing to change, it can foster the right environment for that change to happen. Without that environment, all might be lost forever.
And that’s why Addicts are The Unbalanced Being of the Day.