Michigan Addicts Newly Eligible for Treatment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"The Affordable Care Act will expand health insurance coverage by establishing a Health Insurance Marketplace in every state and increasing access to the Medicaid program. 1,145,493 or 14% of Michigan’s non-elderly residents are uninsured, of whom 1,072,509 (94%) may qualify for either tax credits to purchase coverage in the Marketplace or for Medicaid if Michigan participates in the Medicaid expansion."



LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan health officials say the state's substance abuse care system will be able to handle the surge of people who will become eligible for alcohol and drug addiction treatment under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.

An Associated Press analysis of government data reveals that nearly 88,000 addicts will become eligible for insurance starting in 2014. If the Republican-led Legislature also approves expanding Medicaid eligibility that number could reach almost 177,500.

While about 850,000 Michigan residents need treatment for substance abuse, only about 4,600 beds are available at the state's treatment facilities.

But Director of Michigan's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Deborah Hollis says residential treatment is just one kind of treatment. The state also offers outpatient, group services and recovery support programs.

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