Substance Abuse Treatment Covered by UnitedHealthcare in California

Last updated: 21 December 2021


Anyone living in the state of California who has United Healthcare insurance can use this insurance to pay for the cost of drug and alcohol treatment. Each United Healthcare insurance policy is different, and patients seeking out drug addiction treatment should review their policy to check what is covered. Some of the drug treatment services that United Healthcare insurance could help cover include detox, medical detox, inpatient or outpatient drug rehab, medications needed for treatment, or individual or group therapy. Some of the specialty drug and alcohol treatment providers in California may need a doctor's referral. Many in the state struggle with drug and alcohol addiction within their family, and it can at times be hard to afford treatment. Health insurance can ensure affordable drug and alcohol treatment options are available to those who have coverage. There are hundreds of different drug rehabilitation options in California, and it is important to be able to find the right type of treatment.

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Treatment of Substance Use Disorders with UnitedHealthCare in California

California health insurance options extend through UnitedHealthcare, and if someone in California is self-employed or without insurance from an employer, they can access individual and family plans. Californians can access both Medicaid and Medicare plans through UnitedHealthcare. There is a substance use helpline offered to members, providing free, confidential alcohol and drug addiction help whenever someone needs it. The helpline is available whether you or a loved one is struggling with addiction. The helpline is free and is a benefit of the health plan and available at no additional cost.

When the helpline is called, everything is kept anonymous, and no identifying details are gathered during the call. When going through your UnitedHealthcare plan, you should be looking for a Maximum Non-Network Reimbursement Program, which is a Medicare-based reimbursement program. This type of health insurance policy can make a big difference in what is paid out of pocket for certain services, such as substance abuse treatment. UnitedHealthcare will reimburse non-network expenses according to Medicare's cost-based payment methodology. Not all the plans are set up like this, and people can seek out treatment from in-network and out of network service providers.



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Below, you will find a listing of treatment programs covered by UnitedHealthcare in California for people with addiction to drugs and alcohol problems. The list may be incomplete, so if you do not find what you are looking for, please 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.