Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers Covered By Medicare In New York

Last updated: 21 December 2021


All throughout the state of New York are many people who rely on Medicare health insurance to pay for their healthcare needs. Medicare is an affordable health insurance for the elderly who is 65 years old or older, and for anyone who has a disability. Medicare in New York is available for a monthly premium, which is based on the income of the client. Medicare health insurance will help pay for an outpatient or inpatient drug treatment program in New York, such as a hospital inpatient program. Medicare can also help cover the costs of prescription medication needed for drug addiction, or up to a 60-day treatment without a co-payment/out of pocket expense. It can be hard at times to be able to afford drug and alcohol treatment, and Medicare can provide affordable options for the elderly and people with disabilities who are seeking out help for a drug or alcohol problem.

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Substance Abuse Among Seniors and How Medicare Helps

Although substance abuse within the older population is less publicized, there are still issues that this demographic is faced with. A recent article in The New York Times highlighted an unsettling trend regarding the elderly population and the medications prescribed to them. It explains that some drugs prescribed to older people, particularly benzodiazepine and opiates, can become increasingly dangerous. As an individual becomes accustomed to a particular dose, the body builds up a tolerance. This means more medication is needed to achieve the same result. It is not uncommon for individuals who have been on these medications for a long time to be at a very high dose.

Another problem arises when you mix either of these drugs. Whether it is done accidentally or by the order of a physician, taking two strong medications at the same time comes with risk. According to the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), benzodiazepine overdose rates among older populations are concerning, and interventions to reduce their use are needed. Many people who take these drugs are unaware of the long-term effects and the difficulty involved in coming off of them. Fortunately, most Medicare facilities in New York can help someone get better control of their medications or safely aide them stopping off them completely.


The listing below contains treatment services that are covered by Medicare in New York. The list may be incomplete so if you cannot 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.