Is Alcohol and Drug Prevention a Part of Obamacare?

by Mike Miller June 5, 2013

Do you know what is and is not covered under Obamacare? If you are confused about any or all of this legislation you are part of the majority. A recent poll showed that more than 90% of all Americans do not understand Obamacare. I am not ashamed to say that I am part of that 90%.

By the way, 9.9% of those remaining people do not understand it either. When it comes down to it, basically the lawyers of the insurance companies who helped draft it, and a select few congressional aides who actually read and understand the bill, really know what it is all about. As reported in

Following is one more attempt to try and illuminate part of the legislation. As a counselor for substance abuse prevention and writer for online drug educational programs, I have found it very informative.

When Obamacare goes into full affect in 2014, about 32 million Americans will finally have access to substance abuse and mental health treatments.

Mental health and drug abuse treatment falls under the “Essential Health Benefit” section in Obamacare.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 3.9 million individually insured people do not have access to drug rehab or mental health care, 1.2 million people insured under small group health insurance plans lack access to drug abuse and mental health care and 27 million Americans who have no insurance coverage at all.

It will be interesting to see if Obamacare has any impact on drug addiction and drug education in the United States.

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