Anthem has a large network of providers, located all around the country, so it should be easy to find recovery options that accept your insurance. You can go onto the Anthem website to search a directory of providers, or you can call the insurance company to find out more about using your benefits.
While the original Anthem company was founded in the 1940s, the new company was founded in 2004 with a merger between WellPoint Health Networks, Inc. and Anthem, Inc. It originally assumed the WellPoint name, but this was changed to Anthem, Inc. in 2014.
Anthem is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).
Because of its affiliation with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Anthem insurance shares the same widespread national reach as BCBSA. Anthem has processed over 670 million claims, and boasts over 210 billion in benefits paid. They own Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, and Anthem Life Insurance. They are affiliated with 13 other companies. You can view their 2014 annual report online.
Because Anthem is licensed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, they categorize their plans in the same way. Plan levels include:
If you are in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Virginia, or Wisconsin, you will be covered by the Anthem family of health insurance plans licensed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. You can check your coverage online for a breakdown of what is covered in your state and by your specific plan. The easiest way to do this is to log into Anthem’s website or your specific state’s insurance website.
Because Anthem is a part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, it provides similar benefits to Blue Cross Blue Shield for addiction treatment, including:
Anthem, like Blue Cross Blue Shield, has a certain list of requirements for the treatments it allows under its plans.
The specific treatment covered is very dependent on individual situation, the state you are in, and the plan you have chosen.
In general, your coverage will depend on the severity of the addiction, how cost-effective treatment is, and whether or not the specific treatment type is appropriate. Even the length of stay at a center is dependent upon individual conditions. If it’s determined that you need an extended stay in rehab, your treating professionals will need to inform Anthem that more time is deemed medically necessary.Anthem also gives you access to Care Managers who can help assist with finding addiction and behavioral health resources. Thanks to Anthem’s large network of providers and the coverage it offers, you may find recovery services that accept Anthem health insurance. In order to find a provider for addiction treatment near you, you can search the directory of Anthem’s providers online.
For more details on your specific coverage through Anthem, you can also call the Member Services number on the back of your ID card. Some helpful questions to ask regarding substance abuse services include:
Once you are approved for treatment, it’s important to check in regularly throughout treatment process, to ensure the specific services you’re given are covered. If they aren’t covered, make sure you know the exact amount you are expected to pay out of pocket.
Most rehab centers work with Anthem and can guide you through how insurance factors in as part of the admissions process.