Scarlet Gleeson, Director of Business Development at Recovery Unplugged, attended a meeting at the White House on January 21, 2015, hosted by the ONDCP (Office of the National Drug Control Policy) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services).
The panel of esteemed experts discussed how treatment professionals can help our community access insurance through the ACA, and the need to be informed about the Parity Act and our rights to coverage for substance use disorders.
In our rapidly changing health care environment, we need to stay abreast of the most current laws and regulations to properly enforce the Parity Act when advocating for those in need of addiction treatment services. There has been a substantial increase in young adults continuing on their parents insurance until age 26; and that is good news, regardless of political preference or position regarding the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, there has also been an enormous surge in this age group needing recovery services. We must ensure that these young adults (and all Americans) receive treatment options essential for saving lives.
Scarlet Gleeson summed it up: “It is exciting to be at the White House discussing recovery and bearing witness to people standing at the podium saying, “hello – my name is Tom and I am a person in long term recovery”. I never thought I’d see the day that this could occur and I am excited to be part of the conversation, and help shatter the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. As I left the White House forum this afternoon, I had a better understanding of my responsibility to be informed about enforcing the Parity Act and holding insurance companies accountable. Even with the ACA and Parity Act, coverage for treatment can still be difficult to obtain for lengths of stay needed to ensure favorable outcomes. I have hope, but we have a lot more work to do.”
Recovery Unplugged is proud to advocate for parity, prevention and education; and will continue to be at the forefront of new legislation for addiction treatment. Recovery Unplugged is also about innovation and ground breaking therapeutics. Our unique approach utilizing music as the centerpiece for recovery; transforms our clients and takes account of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Recovery Unplugged, “Where Music Makes the Difference.”