A question I’m often asked is, “Do I receive Medicare payments for drug rehab?” My response is always the same: “Only if you need it.” As a matter of fact, many of my patients receive Medicare payments for their drug rehab treatment in part because they qualify for a special program. Anyone who is eligible for Medicare can apply.
Some people may think that if they need rehab, they can count on Medicare to pay for it. This is simply not true. Even though Medicare does help to pay for some healthcare costs, it does not cover all healthcare costs. In order to be fully covered, Medicare must pay for the cost of the “listed” medical services a patient receives, even if the service is in an out-patient setting. And this “list” includes both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab services.
What is meant by “listed” medical services? Services that are deemed “listed” are those that are required to be received by every individual who receives Medicare. So if you receive Medicare, you will not be able to count on Medicare to pay for drug rehab.
Is it possible to receive help from an outside source (not a rehab facility) for drug rehab? Yes, but the costs could be very high. The reason is that rehab facilities have a very tight profit margin. They must keep rooms warm and extra staff just to make a profit. Thus, they often cut corners when it comes to the type of treatments they provide, such as excessive sessions and/or low quality drugs.
But don’t give up hope yet! You do have other options. If you are willing to shop around, you can find a good drug rehab facility that may actually be able to provide more services than a standard drug rehab facility.
One of the best places to look is on the internet. You can use search engines to see what others have to say about certain drug rehab facilities. You can also visit websites for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and find out what kind of assistance you can get. These websites will tell you about the various programs that are available, what your insurance coverage is, and how much your insurance company will cover for your drug rehab. They will also have listings of drug rehab facilities throughout the country.
Once you find a drug rehab facility in your area, call the center and ask if they offer a free consultation to determine if this is the right program for you. Sometimes you can schedule an appointment the day before you come for the appointment. At the meeting, a representative from the rehab facility will review your medical history, meet with you, and help you decide if this is the right program for you or if you need some other form of help.
What Medicare does for drug rehab is to cover some of the costs for the medical care of individuals. The payments you receive for your medications will be considered medical expenses by Medicare. You will be billed for these costs. However, you do not have to pay them back. There are many companies that will work with you to get your bill lowered. You can contact a company that specializes in helping people recover from addiction to help you lower your drug rehab costs.
If Medicare does not pay for your rehabilitation, then you will have to look for a company that specializes in finding these programs. A good company will help you find the right rehab facility at the right price. They will first evaluate your medical history, your current drug addiction, and any other factors that may have an impact on whether or not you should be put on a rehab program. They will help you determine if a residential or outpatient drug rehab facility is right for you.
If your insurance company does pay for a drug rehab, it is important that you do not spend all your money on the program. Try to save as much money as possible. You may even be able to find a way to finance your program. Talk with your insurance company to find out exactly what your options are. Be sure to ask about the qualifications for their programs.
The best thing about Medicare pays for drug rehab is that it puts you in touch with the best professionals available. This can often mean a better chance at success when it comes to beating your drug addiction. Look into the various options that are available to you. You may be surprised at just how much of a difference a few phone calls can make.