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Do Teen Rehab Centers Take Medicaid?


There are a variety of different teen rehab program options available for young people in need of substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment. Rehab programs are often structured as either inpatient treatment programs or outpatient treatment programs. Inpatient rehab programs require its participants to reside at the facility for the duration of the substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs can last between twenty-one days long to six months long, and in some cases longer. Outpatient treatment programs do not have a residential component; rather they require individuals to attend a certain number of treatment hours, daily over a specified period of time (typically ranging between twenty-one days long to three months long, and in some cases longer). Substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs can be quite costly. There is, however, a significant range regarding potential costs and fees related to each teen treatment program, as well as accepted forms of payment.

The differences in teenage rehab programs can include its structure (e.g. inpatient versus outpatient) various specializations (e.g. individuals with a dual diagnosis), geographical location, facility, amenities, duration of program, size of program, types of therapeutic treatment offerings, cost, and more. The cost of a rehab program will depend specifically on the rehab program itself, as will the preferred method of payment. The answer as to whether or not teen rehabs accept Medicaid is variable. Medicaid does not necessarily provide coverage for all teenage rehab programs available. Further, not all teen rehab centers accept insurance as a form of payment for their services. 

What Is Medicaid?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services assert “Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.” Medicaid is operated at a state level. As such, Medicaid substance abuse treatment (e.g. rehab) is dependent upon individual state policies. The eligibility requirements differ from state to state regarding levels of coverage for rehab and associated addiction treatment services. For example, certain states require pre-authorizations prior to providing any addiction treatment coverage. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), which was passed into federal law 1996, requires health insurance providers to offer benefits for substance abuse and mental health services that are equal to those for other medical and surgical services. Still, there are many nuanced details that differ by state as to whether or not Medicaid will cover the costs associated with addiction treatment services, regardless of one’s age. 

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