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Health insurance companies, facing an increase in claims for substance abuse treatment, are pushing for changes such as emphasizing medication-assisted treatment over abstinence, according to the Hartford Courant.
Treating substance abuse issues in a person with severe mental illness will reduce the risk they will commit violent acts, a new study suggests. Health professionals have disagreed about whether to treat substance abuse or mental illness first in people who are dealing with both.
Recent legislative changes in the healthcare organization and financing through the Affordable Care Act and the Parity Act will end the past 40 years of separate and unequal resources for the treatment of substance use disorders. These changes are much needed, according to Mady Chalk and Abigail Woodworth of the Treatment Research Institute.
A federal law requires residential addiction treatment centers to have 16 or fewer beds in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage, The New York Times reports. The law is impeding efforts to expand addiction treatment coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
A new government report finds twice as many adult men as women entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011. The report found 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered such facilities that year.
A new study concludes the Affordable Care Act could give an estimated 4 million people who have spent time in U.S. jails better access to health care, including coverage for treating substance abuse and mental illness.