With so many aspects of this current pandemic to deal with, there's one
way that private insurance detox/rehab facilities can help with the homeless
and Medicaid reliant people who are dealing with Substance Use Disorder and
addiction on the streets throughout our nation.
There are plenty of beds available.
There are a surprising number of homeless folks who would go to detox if
they knew they would not have to wait double-digit hours for service. This wait time is often the deal-breaker in
seeking medical care for their Substance Use Disorder.
The payments for service offered by the Medicaid system prevent private
insurance facilities from offering services to this population of people who
are equally deserving of being healed.
Can something be worked out with these private insurance facilities to
encourage/compel them to provide services?
In so doing:
- Men and women who are extra vulnerable to contracting coronavirus may
be navigated away from that danger.
- Stress will be taken off of the system that is trying to find basic
housing for them.
- Detoxification and healing may actually be found for people who would
otherwise continue suffering.
- Children may actually get their Mom or Dad back rather than going to
their funeral and asking: "Why is
my Mommy/Daddy sleeping in that box?" - a painful thing to witness.
Anything that can be done across our nation would be helpful in this
Thanks for reading this.
PS: Stay safe!
(The preceding is a generalized version of a letter that I have recently sent to a Pennsylvania Senator.)
If you agree with this concept, please share it with your social media groups and local/regional representatives. Thank you.
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