Her Son Died After Insurers Resisted Covering Drug Rehab. Now She’s Taking Them to Court.

November 22, 2019

(Vox) – Fahy was far from alone in dealing with problems with insurance. In interviews with experts and addiction patients, insurance is commonly cited as one of the biggest barriers to obtaining treatment in the US. As part of Vox’s Rehab Racket project, nearly 900 people have filled out a survey sharing their experiences with addiction care — many of them blaming poor insurance coverage for lack of access and spiraling costs. About 100,000 people in the US in 2018 needed drug addiction treatment but couldn’t get it because their insurance either didn’t cover treatment at all or didn’t cover the full costs, according to an estimate from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.