Law Insures More Addicts But Treatment is Limited

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky will see a surge in the number of addicts eligible for health insurance in January when the Affordable Care Act takes effect, potentially worsening the state's inadequate number of treatment and recovery centers.

About 280,000 Kentuckians, or 8 percent of the state, already need treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But only a fraction of Kentucky's addicts, about 31,000, are getting help. Once the Affordable Care Act kicks in, another 31,000 addicts will become eligible for insurance.

Treatment facilities in Kentucky have about 2,400 beds. But some counties don't have any, particularly in Appalachia, according to The Courier-Journal, which in December reported on the state's inadequate number of treatment facilities.

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