Tricare is the healthcare program provided by the United States Department of Defense Military Health System to the members of the military, their families, and retirees.
The program provides comprehensive healthcare coverage, including treatment for substance abuse and addiction. In this article, we will explore whether Tricare covers alcohol and drug rehab.
The short answer is yes, Tricare does cover alcohol and drug rehab. Tricare covers both inpatient and outpatient treatment for substance abuse. However, the specifics of coverage will depend on the type of Tricare plan you have.
Tricare Prime, Tricare Prime Remote, and Tricare Prime Overseas plans cover inpatient treatment for substance abuse. For outpatient treatment, these plans require preauthorization. Tricare Select, Tricare Reserve Select, and Tricare Retired Reserve plans also cover inpatient treatment for substance abuse, but they require a copayment. Outpatient treatment under these plans requires preauthorization as well.
Tricare also covers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance abuse. MAT is a treatment method that uses medication, such as methadone or buprenorphine, to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Tricare covers MAT for opioid addiction, but coverage for MAT for other substance addictions may vary.
Not all alcohol and drug rehab facilities accept Tricare. Before seeking treatment, it is important to check with your Tricare provider to ensure that the facility you are considering is covered under your plan.
In addition to covering treatment for substance abuse, Tricare also offers resources for those struggling with addiction. The Tricare Substance Use Disorder Clinical Support Line provides confidential support and resources for those seeking help with substance abuse. The support line is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-866-966-1020.
In conclusion, Tricare does cover alcohol and drug rehab, including both inpatient and outpatient treatment as well as medication-assisted treatment. However, coverage specifics may vary depending on the type of Tricare plan you have.
It is important to check with your Tricare provider and ensure that the rehab facility you are considering is covered under your plan. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, know that Tricare offers resources and support to help you on your journey to recovery.
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