Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Substance Abuse Recovery: Overview
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a community of health insurers, covering a vast network that encompasses 36 separate insurance companies and organizations. Collectively, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association provides coverage to more than 107 million Americans, an astonishing figure when you consider that the total population is a little over 324 million.
Prior to 1982, this organization operated as two separate entities, one of which was founded as far back as 1929. There are many benefits to purchasing a policy with this association, including:
- National Reach: The BCBS operates in all 50 states, which means that wherever you are, you can receive the help that you need.
- Biggest Network: While some insurers are limited to a few hundred or thousand hospitals and clinics, the BCBS network covers more than 96% of all hospitals in the United States.
- Respect and Experience: This is the oldest and most respected organization of its type in the country.
- Complete Coverage: As well as standard medical treatments, members of the BCBS are also entitled to dental care, mental health care and rehabilitation care.
The FootPrints Behavioral Health Center is a Blue Cross Blue Shield accepted treatment center, and in this guide well show you how you can use Blue Shield Blue Cross to pay for your treatment here.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Coverage for Specific Addictions
All of the following substance abuse problems are covered under your BCBS policy:
- Prescription Drugs (opiates, sedatives, stimulants)
You should also be able to receive treatment for psychological addictions, including cannabis, inhalants, synthetic compounds and more. If it has a negative impact on your life and your health, if you perceive it to be a serious problem and if you are struggling to stop using, then you should be able to use your BCBS policy to cover your treatment.
Length and Depth of Coverage
Addiction is a little more complex than many standard medical treatments. If you have a disease or disorder, you will be assessed, diagnosed and then given a course of medication, physical therapy, dietary advice or a combination of all three. With addiction, however, there are many areas to address:
- Abuse: Why are you using, what is that substance doing to your body and your mind?
- Withdrawal: As your body tries to reset, you will experience everything from tremors to headaches and sleeplessness. Some withdrawals, such as alcohol withdrawals and benzodiazepine withdrawals, can be life threatening. All withdrawals are unpleasant.
- Recovery: When you stop using and make it through withdrawals, you need to get through the psychological urges.
- Relapse Prevention: Many users relapse, so the final stage of treatment is to ensure the things that caused the addiction in the first place have been addressed, thus limiting the chances of a relapse.
Addictions are complex, which is why they are not covered by all insurance policies. There are many BCBS policies that cover them though, and which one you choose will depend on the extent of the coverage you require (from simple assessment and outpatient care, which is not recommended, to comprehensive inpatient care, which offers the best chance of recovery). Money also comes into it, as some policies have larger out-of-pocket expenses than others and by reducing this you will increase the monthly fee that you pay to maintain the policy.
Using Blue Cross/Blue Shield to Pay for Treatment
On most of the polices there is no set limit on the length of time that you can stay in a rehab clinic. Instead, they will typically pay a set amount for each day’s stay. This places the onus on you. You can stay as long as you want, but with each passing day you will be paying for a percentage of your treatment which will increase the cost in the long term.
This may sound like an expensive option, but policies can be acquired for a small monthly cost and the percentage covered by the insurance company is quite substantial, so in the long run, this is a great option whether you’re on a budget or not.
The Federal Employee Program does have a set rate and is a little more appetizing, with a charge of just $250 for a rehab stay within the BCBS network (which includes the FootPrints Behavioral Health Center) and $350 for one that is outside of the network. However, you need to be a federal worker or a retired federal worker to apply for this program.
Rehabs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield
At the FootPrints Behavioral Health Center we accept all Blue Cross Blue Shield drug rehab coverage and have assisted many policyholders in the past. FootPrints Behavioral Health Center is a leading Blue Cross Blue Shield accepted treatment center in the state of California, which is thanks in no small part to our state-of-the-art facilities, our dedicated medical staff and our unique and proven treatments.
- What are the benefits of Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage for Californians?
- What are the treatment services covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield?
Stays in these facilities, as well as the food, holistic medicines, physical therapy and everything else we offer, can be accessed via your Blue Cross Blue Shield policy. Whatever your addiction, whatever the severity and regardless of the issues it was causing you at home or at work, we aim to create a safe, secure and happy environment that will aid with your full and complete recovery.
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There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.
– Sam Keen