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Steps to Get Medicaid Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab Coverage: With Images

State and Medicaid program requirements for drug and alcohol rehab coverage differ. 

My cousin John’s journey to recovery, made possible through Medicaid, is a prime example of how the program can change lives. His story highlights the effectiveness of Medicaid-covered services.

He shared his insights with us about the process and other little things. 

The process usually follows-

Step 1: Determine Medicaid Eligibility

Check state Medicaid eligibility requirements before applying. Income, household size, and handicap status are usually considered. If you qualify, apply.

Step 2: Apply for Medicaid: Claim Your Path to Healing

Your state’s Medicaid agency or accepts Medicaid applications. You can apply online, at a local office, or by mail. Provide income, domicile, and citizenship verification.

Step 3: Obtain Medicaid Approval

Your Medicaid rehab coverage eligibility will be confirmed after processing and approval. Your Medicaid coverage now includes drug and alcohol rehab. 

You need to go through a waiting period.

Your approval mail or letter can look like this.

A sample of Medicaid drug rehab approval

Source: CMS

Step 4: Find an Approved Medicaid Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab Program

Find Medicaid-accepting rehab programs. The program’s website or staff can provide this information. Choose a reputable rehab center with the services you need for rehabilitation.

Step 5: Contact the Rehab Program and Verify Medicaid Coverage

Ask your chosen rehab program about Medicaid drug rehab coverage. Ask if they accept Medicaid and what papers they need.

Step 6: Complete Intake and Admission Process

After verifying Medicaid acceptance, finish the treatment program’s intake and admission process.

That may require more paperwork, medical history, and an assessment to determine your treatment strategy.

Step 7: Begin Treatment: Turn Wish into Achievement

After intake, you can begin drug and alcohol therapy at the approved institution. Your treatment strategy may include counseling, therapy, medication (if needed), and other supportive services.

Remember that your state’s Medicaid addiction treatment program may have different services and processes for drug and alcohol rehab coverage. 

If you need help applying for or receiving care, call a Medicaid enrollment counselor or your state’s Medicaid organization.

Tony McKenzie

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