Drug Rehab Centers Covered by Aetna Insurance in California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Drug addiction is a common problem all throughout the state of California, and many people living there who are battling addiction struggle to get the help they need. Aetna provides different health insurance policies for Americans, and some policies may cover drug rehab, outpatient counseling, hospital inpatient programs, drug detox services, or individual therapy. Because some drug and alcohol treatment in California can be quite expensive, many families will turn to their health insurance providers for coverage. If a family is unsure if their Aetna insurance provider does cover drug rehab, they should review their policy, or contact the treatment options they are looking at. Most drug rehabilitation services or counseling programs will help a family navigate their policy to ensure their health insurance is accepted. Locating the right help for drug addiction or substance abuse problem is important, and because of long waiting lists at most state-funded programs, many families turn to the private sector for help.

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Aetna Medi-Cal Health Insurance for Substance Abuse in California

The Medi-Cal program in California provides a core set of health benefits, which does include doctor visits, immunization, hospital care, nursing home care, and pregnancy-related services. All services must be medically necessary, and members will need to show their Aetna health ID card and Medi-Cal benefits card. There are some services that a person can only get from Medicaid Free-for-Service, and Aetna Health for California does pay for them, but the Medi-Cal program does. Aetna Better Health of California provides substance use disorder services and covers outpatient substance use disorder services, including residential drug treatment services in California. Aetna also covers voluntary inpatient detoxification services.

Since 2014 there have been dramatic declines with the number of uninsured residents in California; however, as of 2019, about 93% of California residents have health insurance. This number is significantly up from 2013, where around 82% of California residents had health insurance. Medi-Cal is the state Medicaid program and is responsible for much of the coverage gain across California. Within the state marketplace, health insurance continues to see robust enrollment. Most uninsured California residents are living in low-income households, and in 2016, around 2.8 million Californians lacked health insurance. Medi-Cal in California covers more than one-third of all Californians, and program costs for Medi-Cal funding in 2017-2018 was more than $100 billion.


Here is a list of the different drugs & alcohol rehab programs covered by Aetna in California. The list can be incomplete so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.