A question that is often asked when seeking addiction treatment is if insurance can help individuals seeking treatment for mental illness and/or addiction. With Anthem Blue Cross, you have access to a wide range of services and treatments that can provide much-needed support in managing your condition or overcoming an addiction.
At Westwind Recovery®, we offer comprehensive treatment for those suffering from drug or alcohol addictions. Substance abuse rehab services covered by Anthem include detoxification, residential inpatient care, outpatient care, partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), medication management, family therapy, individual counseling, and other therapeutic modalities as needed.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue also offers coverage for mental health needs including depression and anxiety treatment through psychotherapy sessions and medication management with licensed professionals. Westwind Recovery® is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Sheild meaning our facility can utilize your insurance to get you the help you need at little to no cost to you.
What is Anthem Blue Cross Insurance?
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem) is one of the largest health insurance providers in the United States. They offer a wide range of services and plans to help individuals and families stay healthy, including coverage for addiction treatment. Anthem covers almost all types of addiction, from alcohol use disorder to opioid abuse, stimulant abuse, benzo addictions, and more.
Are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Sheild of California the Same?
It’s important to know that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are two competing insurance carriers with different pricing, plans, and network at the individual level. If you have Blue Shield of California it is not the same as Anthem. In many states, Blue Cross and Blue Sheild are the same carrier, and in California, they operate together in large group and government levels.
What Types of Addiction Treatment Does Anthem Blue Cross Cover?
Anthem covers almost all types of addiction treatment. The way they determine who will receive coverage of which types of services depends on the person’s medical history and recommendations from treatment professionals. Of course, they will also only cover services that your insurance plan specifies it can cover. This includes the following:
Detoxification, or detox for short, is a process where the substance of abuse is removed from an individual’s body in order to decrease withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox is often used in order to eliminate or minimize withdrawal symptoms. This process is supervised by medical professionals 24/7. Detox is the first step in addiction treatment and Anthem typically covers inpatient medical detox.
Inpatient care involves residential treatment and 24-hour supervision with round-the-clock access to medical personnel and counselors. This type of addiction treatment helps individuals receive the highest level of care and complete treatment in a safe environment. Individuals that qualify for residential treatment will need to be recommended by treatment professionals as this is a more intensive form of substance abuse treatment.
Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are the highest level of outpatient care available. They provide a step-down from inpatient or residential care and typically include five to seven hours of treatment a day, five days a week.
Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) provide about three to four hours of treatment a day for three to five days a week, depending on your individual needs. This is usually recommended after completing PHP or residential treatment.
Outpatient services generally focus on group meetings, therapy sessions, counseling, and medication management. This type of care requires less time than IOPs and PHPs, typically lasting two to eight hours per week. It is generally used for those who do not need the more intensive residential or PHP treatments. Anthem Blue Cross will cover outpatient treatment for those that qualify. Typically it depends on the individual’s treatment needs and whatever is recommended by the facility.
Dual diagnosis treatment helps individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues get better together. This type of care addresses both aspects of the disorder, rather than tackling them separately. It can be provided in either an inpatient or outpatient setting, depending on your individual needs.
Anthem Blue Cross covers mental health services such as counseling, psychotherapy, medication management, and psychiatry. It also covers inpatient or outpatient treatment for those with severe mental illnesses. Your treatment provider will help you determine which form of care will be best for your mental health condition.
Anthem BCBS can cover aftercare services such as one-on-one counseling and group therapy. It also covers case management services, which help individuals develop treatment plans and connect them to community resources. It may also cover sober living, which is typically part of aftercare as people transition back to their normal lives after addiction treatment.
Anthem BCBS covers medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat addiction. This type of treatment is designed to help individuals reduce cravings and symptoms of withdrawal, as well as manage any underlying mental health issues.
At Westwind Recovery®, we provide comprehensive addiction treatment for those needing help to overcome substance abuse and mental health issues. Our compassionate clinicians use evidence-based approaches to treat mental illness along with substance abuse disorder. Medication management is available if needed.
We provide a variety of therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems therapy, and trauma-informed care. Aftercare planning helps clients prepare for life after treatment.
Westwind Recovery® is dedicated to helping those suffering from addiction get the help they deserve. We accept Anthem Blue Cross insurance coverage and are committed to providing services tailored to each patient’s unique situation. Our experienced and compassionate staff provides a holistic and client-centered approach to treatment.
What Insurance Plans are Available Through Anthem Blue Cross?
Anthem Blue Cross offers a number of plans to suit the needs of individuals, families, and employers. These include individual health insurance plans, family health insurance plans, and employer-sponsored group health plans. Depending on the plan chosen, coverage may include medical and prescription drug coverage, vision care services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse treatment.
How Can I Find Out if My Insurance Plan Covers Substance Abuse Treatment?
If you have an Anthem Blue Cross plan, you can contact the customer service department to find out if your specific plan covers substance abuse treatment. This will help you determine what to expect in terms of out-of-pocket costs that may be associated with your treatment plan.
You should also check with your healthcare provider or mental health professional to verify what types of care are covered and any limits on coverage. Westwind Recovery® is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross and we can also help you better understand the type of treatment that may be best for you and how to qualify for coverage under your plan. We will also help you determine if there will be any out-of-pocket costs. Contact our admissions team today and they can help you better understand the insurance jargon in your plan.
How Westwind Recovery® Can Help Those Suffering From Addiction
Our team of experienced professionals can help you find the right level of care for your needs. We will work closely with Anthem Blue Cross to ensure that you receive the best possible coverage for drug rehab services. Our staff is dedicated to helping those suffering from addiction get the treatment they need so they can begin their journey to recovery. Whether it’s outpatient care or dual diagnosis treatment, we are here to provide support every step of the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.