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Beacon Health Insurance for California Addiction Treatment

Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction can feel isolating and overwhelming, but help is available. If you have health insurance that uses Carelon Behavioral Health of California services (formerly Beacon Health Options of California), your insurance coverage can help you get the care you need.
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What Is Beacon Health Insurance?

Beacon Health Options of California is a behavioral health provider that specializes in emotional and mental well-being and recovery.1 That means that people who need treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) or a related mental health issue can use Beacon coverage for addiction treatment. As of March 1, 2023, Beacon Health Options changed its name to Carelon Behavioral Health.2 By joining the Carelon brand, Beacon can expand its network, which helps it meet the health needs of additional patients. American Addiction Centers admissions navigators are available 24/7 when you call to help you verify your insurance.

Does Beacon Health Cover Addiction Rehab in California?

Beacon Health focuses on helping people with behavioral health needs, so you can use Beacon Health Options in California for rehab treatment. Beacon Health is a behavioral health provider, so they will be accessed through your health insurance plan. Therefore, the specifics of how much coverage you have will vary depending on the specifics of your insurance plan.

What Types of Addiction Treatment Are Covered by Beacon in California?

There’s no single treatment approach that works for everyone, so it’s important to work closely with your doctor to create a plan that meets your specific needs. In general, your insurance plan will focus on covering evidence-based, medically-necessary treatment.

Common types of treatment for substance use include:3

  • Detox is a process that helps rid your body of substances while allowing medical professionals to manage and monitor your withdrawal symptoms. Detox can keep you as comfortable and safe as possible during this difficult period. It is often the first step in recovery and can facilitate the transition into ongoing treatment.
  • Inpatient rehab, also known as residential care, offers intensive treatment in a safe, structured environment. With this type of care, you live at the facility for the duration of treatment.
  • Outpatient rehab offers care similar to that of inpatient rehab, but you live at home or in recovery housing during treatment. There are various options for outpatient care that have different attendance requirements. Standard programs may require weekly attendance, while an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP) may require daily attendance.
  • Rehab aftercare helps ensure you have access to the resources you need to implement your new habits in your daily life once you complete a formal treatment program.

Does Beacon Cover Co-Occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders?

Yes, Beacon will cover care for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. As part of an insurance plan, Beacon helps the insurer meet the Affordable Care Act requirement to cover 10 essential health benefits, which include mental health and substance use treatment.4

The exact amount of coverage will depend on your specific insurance plan. However, if you have a mental health diagnosis alongside your substance use concerns, integrated treatment can maximize your chance of long-term recovery.5

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities That Accept Beacon

If you have Beacon Health Options as part of your insurance plan, where can you find rehabs that accept the coverage? Some of the American Addiction Centers (AAC) facilities that may accept Beacon include:

To find a California treatment facility that accepts Beacon, take advantage of tools that help you match your insurance coverage to a specific provider. For example, you can call our admissions navigators anytime at for free help without any obligation. You can also look at the rehab directory.

How to Use Beacon for Addiction Rehab in California

To use your Beacon coverage for rehab, you’ll start by making an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will ask a variety of questions about your substance use.

Once you have a treatment plan, you can start looking for facilities. One easy way to find facilities that offer the care you need and accept Beacon coverage is to call our admissions navigators, who are available 24/7 to help you and there’s no obligation to choose a particular facility.

You can also call your insurance provider directly to find treatment centers that are in the insurance network, or you can call rehabs you’re interested in to find out if they accept Beacon coverage.

Other Options to Pay for Addiction Treatment in California

If your insurance plan doesn’t cover the rehab you’re interested in, you still have options. For example, you might find that the treatment center offers scholarships, or you can set up a payment plan. You might also find a treatment center that has a sliding scale for fees based on income or is state funded to minimize how much you need to pay.

What’s most important is that you get the care you need. If you need assistance, you can contact American Addiction Centers 24 hours a day by calling . Our admissions navigators can guide you through the process and help you find rehabs in-network with Anthem. Calling is always confidential and free and there is no obligation to enter treatment.

Sources

  1. SagAftra Health Plan. (2023, February 14). Beacon Health Options will become Carelon Behavioral Health.
  2. Carelon Behavioral Health. (2023). Home.
  3. HealthCare.gov. (n.d.). Treatment options.
  4. HealthCare.gov. (n.d.). What Marketplace health insurance plans cover.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, April). What are the treatments for comorbid substance use disorder and mental health conditions?
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