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MassHealth Drug and Alcohol Rehab Insurance Coverage

In Massachusetts, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid are combined into the MassHealth program. If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol use, your MassHealth plan may provide full or partial coverage for treatment. Learn more below, or contact American Addiction Centers 24/7 at for confidential and free coverage information.
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What Is MassHealth?

MassHealth provides eligible members health benefits and financial assistance to pay for them.1 Members are matched to a program to provide the most coverage based on factors such as age and income level. MassHealth has 6 programs, including:2

  • MassHealth Standard: Provides the most coverage, including inpatient, outpatient, and medical services, well-child screenings, transportation services, and more. This program also provides coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction services.
  • MassHealth CommonHealth: Provides similar coverage to MassHealth Standard to eligible disabled adults and children, including coverage for certain mental health and addiction services.
  • MassHealth CarePlus: Offers a broader range of coverage to those who are ineligible for MassHealth Standard, while still providing coverage for some inpatient, outpatient, and medical services, as well as certain mental health and addiction services.
  • MassHealth Family Assistance: Provides coverage to those who are ineligible for MassHealth Standard, covering slightly less than MassHealth CarePlus. This plan covers certain mental health and addiction services.
  • Premium Assistance: Offered to those who have access to other health insurance options but would like assistance paying part or all their household’s insurance premiums.
  • MassHealth Limited: Offers coverage for emergency services to those with an immigration status that keeps them from receiving more coverage, such as emergency inpatient and outpatient services and ambulance transportation.

Does MassHealth Cover Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment?

Yes, most MassHealth plans cover some mental health and addiction services. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance providers are required to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment (e.g., counseling and psychotherapy), mental and behavioral health inpatient services, and treatment for substance use disorders.3

Does MassHealth Cover Mental Health Treatment?

Yes, several MassHealth plans offer coverage for mental health treatment. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all health insurance companies are required to provide coverage for 10 essential health benefits, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment.3 For those looking to find help for mental health or a substance use disorder, this means it is likely that there are treatment options available to you that are at least partially covered under your MassHealth insurance plan.

MassHealth also provides mental health and substance use services through the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).4 With a network of over 1,200 behavioral health resources (e.g., clinics, programs), MBHP can help you find the provider best suited for you and what you’re struggling with.5 To find a behavioral health provider, fill out this form on the MBHP website. You’re also able to find a primary care clinician covered by your MassHealth plan using the form found on the Massachusetts state website here.6

Types of Addiction Treatment That MassHealth May Cover

Several types of addiction treatment may be covered by your MassHealth plan, such as:7

  • Medical detox: Although not always necessary, medical detox can help patients withdraw from certain substances as comfortably and safely as possible. This can help facilitate the transition to ongoing addiction treatment.
  • Inpatient programs: Inpatient rehab programs allow patients to get help for addiction in a safe, home-like setting. Most inpatient programs involve a combination of group and individual therapy and other activities designed to support recovery.
  • Outpatient programs: Outpatient programs allow patients in recovery to live at home while attending treatment at a rehab facility during the day.
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP): IOPs are a type of outpatient program involving more frequent, longer treatment sessions than a typical outpatient program. Patients in an IOP attend treatment multiple days a week for a few hours at a time.
  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP): A PHP offers a similar level of intensity to an inpatient program while still allowing patients to go home in the evening. Patients typically attend a hospital-based program at least 5 days a week for sessions lasting 4 to 6 hours.
  • Aftercare: Aftercare programs help ensure patients maintain recovery and identify ways to prevent relapse.

What Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Take MassHealth?

Many drug and alcohol rehab facilities and programs accept MassHealth. You can verify your coverage online or contact us at to learn whether your MassHealth plan may cover the full or partial cost of treatment at one of our rehab locations:

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How to Check Your MassHealth Insurance Benefits

To check your MassHealth insurance benefits, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card, or log in to your account on the MassHealth website to learn more about what your specific policy plan covers.

Knowing what your MassHealth plan covers can give you peace of mind while you or your loved one is in rehab. For more information on MassHealth insurance plans and to check what your plan covers, call or verify your insurance by filling out the form below.

Do Addiction Rehab Centers Need to Be In-Network?

All medical facilities and providers accept different insurance plans and programs. Facilities and providers who accept your insurance are referred to as “in-network” while those who do not are referred to as “out-of-network.” While you can see providers both inside and outside of network, your insurance will not always cover treatment received from those that are out of network. That’s why it’s important to choose an in-network provider and facility whenever possible to receive treatment.

How Much of the Rehab Cost Does MassHealth Cover?

Insurance coverage of any given rehab program will vary based on the specific MassHealth plan you have. However, based on the amount of medical care you’ve already paid for this year, some or all of your rehab may be covered. If you have already met your MassHealth plan’s deductible, insurance plans typically pay between 60% to 90% of covered care. Additionally, once you reach or if you have already reached your plan’s out-of-pocket maximum payment amount, your insurance will pay for any covered medical services you receive through the end of the year.8

What Should I Do If the Cost of Addiction Rehab Is Not Fully Covered?

If your MassHealth insurance plan does not fully cover the cost of drug or alcohol addiction rehab, there may still be options available to make rehab affordable for you. Some facilities offer sliding scale fees and will work with you to establish treatment fees based on what you can pay. Others offer scholarships or payment plans to help pay for treatment at their facility. Though payment for rehab treatment may be tricky to work out, rehab is a priceless investment in yourself or a loved one struggling with addiction. You can’t put a price on getting your life back and breaking the cycle of addiction.

Sources

  1. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (n.d.). MassHealth.
  2. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (n.d.). MassHealth coverage types for individuals and families including people with disabilities.
  3. Healthcare.gov. (n.d.). Mental health & substance abuse coverage.
  4. Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership. (n.d.) Covered Services.
  5. Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership. (n.d.) Find a Behavioral Health Provider.
  6. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (n.d.). Welcome to the Provider Directory!
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). What is substance abuse?
  8. HealthCare.gov. (n.d.). Protection from high medical costs.
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