Where Indiana Medicare Stands on Mental Health Benefits in 2021

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Like much of the country, Indiana has seen an increase in drug and alcohol use since the start of the pandemic. As such, more individuals are seeking out mental health and addiction recovery treatment than ever before. The stigma around getting help for drug or alcohol addiction has only recently waned, but Indiana healthcare companies both privately and state-owned are being quick to make treatment more accessible.

Various medical services have adopted telehealth and remote appointments to safely bring care to patients during the COVID-19 lockdown. As facilities are opening back up, it’s important to understand what’s changed for Indiana healthcare in the meantime. One monumental change was the inclusion of more defined mental health and substance abuse treatments under the Healthy Indiana Plan insurance, or HIP.

What is the Healthy Indiana Plan?

The Healthy Indiana Plan, referred to as HIP, is a program that began in 2008 to work on bringing health coverage to low-income Hoosiers between the ages of 19 and 64. The income threshold for eligibility depends on family size and can be found here. It’s also important to note that those with an existing disability may not be eligible and should check with their local navigator for further help.

A notable part of HIP insurance coverage is that all HIP plans offer coverage for mental health services as well as substance abuse treatment. This was done to give all plan participants access to what are now considered basic services. On top of this, the HIP includes resources and assistance to help residents find a job that offers private health insurance. Job seekers are still able to use their HIP insurance to access a vast network of medical providers until they can fully swap to their new plan.

HIP has increased the availability of healthcare to 1.5 million Indiana residents. Prior to the launch of HIP, these same people went without insurance or received the bare minimum at prohibitively high cost. Now low-income families can get the perfect plan based on family size, age groups and existing conditions. Affordable drug and alcohol addiction treatment at facilities such as Hickory Treatment Centers is now a reality for those who truly need it.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Covered by HIP

Treatment options offered by Hickory Treatment Centers that are covered by HIP include:

  • inpatient programs
  • intensive outpatient programs
  • medical detox
  • medication management
  • group and individual therapy

Medically-assisted detox is one of the most vital parts of drug or alcohol rehabilitation. If one were to attempt detoxing alone, the withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. This is especially concerning in cases of alcoholism as heavy drinkers run the risk of delirium tremens during their withdrawal period. We always advise seeking out professional help when starting down the road to sobriety.

Whether you’re new to Indiana or have been a Hoosier for life, Hickory Treatment Centers is here to provide you with compassionate and professional addiction recovery treatment. Our programs are meant to help you break away from substance now and in the future. If you’re ready to make the call, reach out to our team as soon as possible for a private consultation.

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If you have tried to stop using alcohol or drugs on your own, you may feel that sobriety and clean living seem far away. However, with the help of caring staff members and a safe, structured environment, you can receive the guidance you need to fight cravings and regain control of your life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our admission staff or learn more about our healing programs.