Medicaid Gap Means Uninsured Texans Face a Tough Road to Drug, Mental Health Treatment
Scott Lynch works at a treatment center called Austin Recovery. A big part of his job involves helping people get into rehab programs, even if that means sending them to other facilities.
Sometimes that involves making sure people get medical or psychiatric help before entering treatment. But the cost of rehab programs is often the biggest barrier people face. Lynch said a lot of people who turn to Austin Recovery don’t have health insurance.
“The large majority of our population is uninsured,” Lynch said. He estimates that 85 percent of the people who call into Austin Recovery seeking treatment are uninsured. Without insurance, or donations from elsewhere, they will likely have to find a way to pay out-of-pocket for treatment.
Trent Thompson had recently been looking for a rehab program here in Austin. He said when he would call a facility, the conversation would go something like this: