Should Insurance Companies Start Including Rehab Costs Into Their Plans?

It’d an extremely unfortunate event for someone to get into a serious addiction for drug abuse. It gets even worse when this person is also looking for treatment but is unable to find it. This is the story of a young cheerleader from a Missouri high school who was indirectly addicted to heroin and opioids, and could later not find proper rehab treatment, and therefore died.

At the tender age of 16, she had suffered a serious car accident, where she was prescribed some strong painkillers called hydrocone which had an addictive effect. She was prescribed the medicine for six months, but due to its addictive effects, she could not stop herself and it slowly became an addiction for her. A few years down the line this addiction to drugs had turned into a lethal addiction to heroin. After a large overdose one sat, she died from an overdose. But the worst part of this phenomenon is that she actually wanted help to get her out of this addiction. She wanted to seek the best rehab services to cure of her addiction to this opioid. But unfortunately, her insurance couldn’t, or rather wouldn’t cover the cost of her rehab fees, and thus she could not attend rehab. Samantha’s mother states that if she had received the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation at the right time, the death of her daughter could have been avoided.

JulieannGideon, the mother of Samantha, got to know of Samantha’s addiction only a year after she had started started taking the painkillers for the accident. But she wasn’t aware of how severe the problem would turn, and she assumed that her daughter was taking extra pills for the pain. Only later, in the winter of 2015 did her daughter actually reveal to her mother, her heroin addiction. She also stated how she desperately wanted to stop using this drug, and wanted to come back to her normal life. Her mother suggested that she try and get the best rehab services for heroin, to cure her of the addiction, so she took her to a nearby treatment center but this is when the insurance company made claims stating that they could not help her.

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