More than 100 drug addiction treatment rehabs and providers across California have sent a signed letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, drawing his attention toward the ambiguous practices of health insurance giant Centene, according to the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition (ATAC). The addiction treatment facilities want to alert Schneiderman about the dangerous outcomes of Centene’s plan to acquire New York-based Fidelis Care, which would create the California-like crisis in the state of New York. In recent years, the insurance major has been facing severe criticism for withholding payments to drug addiction treatment providers, plunging them into deep financial crisis.
“In an unprecedented unified protest, the signatories of the letter include treatment providers, billing companies, therapists, counselors and subscribers, all negatively affected by St. Louis-based Centene’s alleged refusal to pay debts acquired from the corporate acquisition of California-based Health Net,” said ATAC President Stampp Corbin. ATAC is responsible for the overall efforts to oppose Centene’s probable move to takeover Fidelis Care. Advocates of ATAC represent the voices of more than 1,600 duly licensed substance use disorder treatment centers in California, including the concerns of the victims of drug addiction.
According to the vice-president of ATAC, Joan Borsten, the withholding of payments to treatment centers under the pretext of innumerable and irrelevant audits and tactics to delay the release of payments reflect the unscrupulous internal policies of Centene. Borsten said that such malpractices have overburdened the limited resources of small-time rehabilitation centers and private counseling facilities across California.
The other signatories to the petition included the insured or their family members, who paid huge premiums, anywhere from $600 to $1000 each month, for preferred provider organization (PPO) policies. Meanwhile, the California Department of Insurance already sent a notification to Centene mandating that they should pay 75 percent of billed claims to all treatment centers that submitted online complaints and were taken off from the Health Net audit list during 2016.
Currently, legal proceedings are in progress in Arizona and California to bring an end to these controversial practices of Centene. As a response to the ongoing malpractices, Medicare recently downgraded the Centene and Health Net rating from 4 to 3.5 stars after examining the reviews.
Drug addiction rampant in US
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 28.6 million people aged 12 or older were illicit drug users in 2016. The NSDUH data also shows that almost one in four young adults aged 18 to 25 used illicit drugs in 2016. Being hooked on any substance could leave the user craving profoundly for the high triggered by the drug rendering him or her with total lack of control over its use. Researchers have been able to establish that addiction is the result of unalterable modifications in brain functions over a period of extended drug use. Studies suggest the brain makes a note of every pleasurable experience linked to rewards and triggers related cravings to experience the same pleasure repeatedly, ultimately pushing users into the depths of addiction.
In natural world, it would require immense hard work, efforts and some patience to enjoy the fruits of labor. But drugs, alcohol and other stimulants make for an easy shortcut to enjoy the rewards of pleasure. Therefore, the brains of people addicted to drugs lose their natural ability to create dopamine in the reward systems, and the swiftest way to reproduce a dopamine surge is via drug use. Sadly, millions of Americans are developing greater tolerance to drugs and resort to higher doses to experience powerful high.
Leading a drug-free life
Addiction is more widespread than one can ever imagine. There is no doubt that things are undergoing a major transformation, but still, there is a significant amount of stigma associated with addiction, especially when extended use of drugs can result in life-wrecking consequences. However, seeking the assistance of a professional drug addiction treatment center can be fruitful to kick the menace of addiction forever.
If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from addiction to any kind of drug, contact Sovereign Health, which offers a variety of customized therapies at its detox treatment centers in California. Our licensed clinicians use several approaches to resolving each underlying problem. Our treatments for detox in California are tailored to individual needs in order to treat a person holistically. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.