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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act

New York and its surrounding states have been hit the hardest by the growing heroin epidemic, but unfortunately treatment opportunities are scarce, even for people who have health insurance. This week, in response to the opioid scourge, a bill was put forward in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help people suffering from heroin abuse get treatment. If passed, the bill would start a federal grant program that would fund inpatient treatment services for heroin abusers, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act was introduced by Representative Bill Foster of Illinois and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York. The goal of the bill is to increase access to inpatient treatment for heroin and opioid users. The bill would allow states to apply for grant funding that would support people who do not have insurance, or their plans do not cover inpatient treatment, for up to 60 days at a residential facility.

“The heroin and prescription drug epidemic is ripping apart families and our communities, but tragically, many folks face too many hurdles to access treatment,” Maloney said in a news release. “The Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act will help turn the tide on the epidemic by expanding treatment options for our neighbors.”

Long term inpatient treatment can be costly even if you do have insurance. What’s more, many insurance providers will only cover inpatient treatment after all other options, such as outpatient treatment and/or therapy, have been exhausted. People who lack insurance and those whose insurance will not cover inpatient treatment, may have an opportunity to receive assistance if the Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act is passed.

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