- David Whitesock
- Sioux Falls, SD
- United States
Evaluation and Affiliate Development, Face It TOGETHER
New health care law will improve access to care for addiction, but treatment system is ineffective and broken.
In the U.S., 22 million people suffer from the disease of addiction. Only a fraction ever get the help they need. Part of the problem is that most insurance companies do not cover many treatments for addiction. The Affordable Care Act designates certain treatments for addiction as eligible for health insurance coverage. This previous barrier to care gets torn down January 1. However, it is projected that 4 million more people will seek treatment. This massive influx which will likely result in greater harm than good because our nation's current, overburdened addiction treatment system is ineffective -- it does not address the chronic nature of the disease. Sending more people to an ineffective system will not help people get well.