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Using Medicaid for Drug or Alcohol Treatment

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program providing health coverage to eligible individuals, including low-income adults and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with disabilities.1 If you have Medicaid, you are one of the 75.9 million Americans who are covered by this state-run insurance program.1 Although this program is funded by both the federal and state governments, the states manage the program and set the terms for eligibility.

In addition to providing coverage for a myriad of health services, Medicaid also provides coverage for behavioral health services. In fact, according to their website, Medicaid is the United States’ largest single payer for mental health services.2 Additionally, it is playing a larger role in substance use disorder services reimbursement, which means that you may be able to use Medicaid to cover some or all of the cost of medical detox and drug and alcohol treatment.2

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