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Does UnitedHealth Group Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

I have UnitedHealth Group Insurance. Will my addiction treatment be covered?

UnitedHealth Group Insurance benefits typically cover substance abuse treatment programs, however insurance coverage can vary depending on your coverage plan and location. Call the number on your UnitedHealthcare insurance card to verify your coverage.

How to Check UnitedHealth Coverage

At American Addiction Centers (AAC), is in-network with many insurance companies including UnitedHealth Group at some of our facilities. We offer treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring health issues in states across the country. To learn more about AAC’s treatment options give us a call at , or you can verify your insurance by filling out the form below.

American Addiction Centers strives to provide you with the most updated information on each carriers’ addiction insurance coverage but policy changes and errors do occur. Please check with your insurance carrier directly to confirm coverage levels.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group is comprised of 2 companies – ­UnitedHealthcare and Optum – and offers healthcare plans in all 50 states and 130 countries.1 UnitedHealthcare provides healthcare insurance for over 28 million Americans. Since 1974 UnitedHealth Group has grown and evolved with the changes in healthcare and technology.

UnitedHealthcare provides healthcare coverage and benefits services. Optum offers information and technology-enabled health services.

Does UnitedHealth Group Cover Addiction Treatment?

Drug and alcohol treatment are generally covered under UnitedHealth Group and UnitedHealthcare plans, but the exact benefits and coverage offered depend on your policy. Typically for inpatient treatment, most plans would likely cover inpatient detox for alcohol or benzodiazepine dependence, as detoxing from these substances can be medically dangerous and medical supervision is needed to prevent complications.

It’s important to speak with UnitedHealthcare to determine what types of treatment are covered and what your estimated out-of-pocket costs might be. Again, your options for treatment coverage depend on your plan and the types of addiction treatment you are seeking. The UnitedHealthcare PPO network is extensive, and it’s likely that you will find a network provider close to you. You can search on the UnitedHealthcare website for providers.

Coverage Levels and Coverage Plans

The healthcare plans offered through UnitedHealthcare vary from state to state and offer several tiers of coverage, but in general, UnitedHealthcare offers 3 levels of care.2, 3, 4, 5

  • UnitedHealthcare Choice: which offers in-network coverage with 895,000 plus providers nationwide. There is no coverage for out-of-network providers.
  • UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus: which offers cost savings to stay in the UnitedHealthcare network and provides less coverage for out-of-network providers.
  • UnitedHealthcare Options PPO: which offers savings for out-of-pocket costs when using a member of the preferred provider network.

Location is generally not a barrier to seeking treatment with UnitedHealthcare, as long as you choose an in-network provider. With UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus or UnitedHealthcare Options PPO, you can still choose an out-of-network provider, but the co-pay will be higher.

For Optum Care, which is available in select states, primary care is available through a network of primary care physicians and specialists. For example, in Nevada, Optum Care works with Medicare Advantage recipients.6 In Massachusetts, Optum Care works with the Reliant Health network of physicians. In both cases, the networks accept a multitude of insurance plans.7

Checking Your Insurance Benefits

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To see which benefits are offered for substance abuse treatment under your plan, you can call the number listed on the back of your card. You can also view the website listed on your insurance card and log in to your member profile.

If you are a retiree, UnitedHealthcare offers Medicare advantage plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicare supplemental plans.8 In addition, UnitedHealthcare offers coverage for many Federal employees.9 Optum also offers Medicare advantage plans.10

Furthermore, in many areas of the country, Optum has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide healthcare to veterans.11 Each of these plans has different benefits, so if you are a retiree or veteran, it is important to check directly with your UnitedHealthcare or Optum provider to determine coverage and benefits for substance abuse treatment.

If you are a veteran, learn more about addiction treatment options AAC provides.

Verify Your Insurance


  1. UnitedHealth Group. Who We Are.
  2. UnitedHealth Group. Group benefit plans.
  3. UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealthcare Choice.
  4. UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus.
  5. UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealthcare Options – PPO.
  6. Optum. Optum Care in Nevada.
  7. Optum. Optum in Massachusetts.
  8. United Healthcare. Retiree health care products and services.
  9. United Healthcare. Federal employees.
  10. Optum. Learn how Medicare Advantage plans help after discharge.
  11. Optum. VA Community Care Network.


Last Updated on September 22, 2020
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Sarah Hardey
A Senior Web Content Editor for the American Addiction Centers. Sarah has worked with healthcare facilities across the country to create digital content for readers of all types.

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