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UPMC Insurance Drug & Alcohol Rehab Coverage

UPMC Health Plan provides its members with partial or full coverage for addiction and mental health treatment.
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UPMC Addiction Treatment Coverage

Which Addictions Do UPMC Cover?

UPMC covers treatments for most major addiction types and co-occurring disorders.

Which Types of Addiction Treatment Are Covered?

UPMC offers various treatment programs for addiction and mental health. The most suitable program for you will depend on several factors, including the specific substance you’re struggling with, your overall health history, and any co-occurring mental health conditions.

Types of care that may be covered by UPMC include the following:

Medical Detox

Detoxification, or medically managed withdrawal, helps you cope with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that arise when you stop using a substance. It is the initial phase of addiction treatment, typically preceding therapy and counseling in most rehab programs. For certain types of substance dependence, medications can be utilized to alleviate your symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

Inpatient and Residential Rehab

Many of these programs offer 24-hour medical care, support, and monitoring, as well as counseling and a range of therapies in a structured setting. UPMC inpatient and residential rehab programs focus on helping patients adapt to a healthier lifestyle without drugs and alcohol. Patients live at the facility for the duration of their treatment programs and receive services such as daily meals and housing.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization programs, or PHPs, offer many of the same therapies as inpatient and residential programs but allow patients to live at home or in sober-living facilities while visiting the rehab center daily for treatment. These programs can meet up to 5 days a week for between 4 and 6 hours per day.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab

Intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, meet less frequently than PHPs for up to 3 hours per day. These programs offer a high level of support for people and allow them to continue work, school, and family responsibilities.

Standard Outpatient Rehab

Standard outpatient programs are the most flexible treatment programs and are often able to be scheduled around the person’s personal life. These programs meet at least once per week and provide ongoing support in the form of 12-step support groups, group counseling, and family therapy.

UPMC may cover the following rehab program services:

  • Assessments
  • Exams
  • Lab tests
  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Costs for inpatient or residential stays, including meals

Assessments are normally provided before people start their recovery programs to determine the appropriate level of care.

Does UPMC Insurance Cover Mental Health Treatment?

Yes, UPMC Health Plan generally covers mental health treatment. The specifics of coverage depend on your individual plan, but most plans include coverage for therapy and counseling, inpatient care, medication management, etc.

When someone has co-occurring disorders it means that they are usually struggling with 2 or more disorders, often substance use and mental health disorders, such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression.

Roughly half of all people with a substance use disorder also suffer from a mental illness and vice versa.2  Many drug rehab centers treat both conditions at the same time to help patients experience a complete recovery.

Does UPMC Insurance Cover Medications?

UPMC insurance may cover the cost of medications used in treatment. This will depend on your policy and the coverage afforded by your plan.

How Much Will I Pay Out of Pocket?

The amount you pay out of pocket for addiction treatment will depend on your health plan and its deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance.

  • A deductible is the amount you pay for covered services before UPMC begins to provide coverage. For example, if your health plan has a $1,700 deductible, that is the amount you must pay out of pocket before UPMC begins payment.
  • A co-pay is a fixed amount you pay for a covered service (some plans require it before or after you meet the deductible).
  • Coinsurance is a fixed percentage you pay for a covered service. Your co-pay and coinsurance rates will likely be higher if you receive treatment from an out-of-network provider.

Most substance abuse and mental health treatments must be preauthorized for you to receive coverage from UPMC. Preauthorization is when your health insurer determines that a certain medical treatment or service is medically necessary for your recovery.

UPMC requires preauthorization for the following addiction and mental health services:4 

  • Medical detox
  • Medically monitored inpatient and residential rehab
  • Partial hospitalization treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Psychological and neuropsychological testing
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

Behavioral health emergencies do not require preauthorization from UPMC. A behavioral health emergency is when care is required immediately for life-threatening emergencies, such as when drug and alcohol use leads to violence or suicidal thoughts, or when a person is suffering from alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose.4

What if My Provider Is Out of Network?

Out-of-network providers do not have contracts with UPMC in which they have agreed to offer services at predetermined rates. If you choose a treatment center that is out of network, you may be required to pay a large portion of the treatment cost or the entire cost.

Whenever possible, it is best to choose an in-network provider to benefit from lower treatment costs. If you are interested in receiving treatment from an out-of-network provider, ask the provider about other available payment options and payment plans like sliding scale fees that can make treatment more affordable for you or your loved one.

Other UPMC Programs and Services

UPMC offers other programs and services that can benefit those who are struggling with addiction and mental illness. Beating the Blues US™, LifeSolutions, and UPMC’s Behavioral Health Management Program are all services that have the common goal of helping UPMC members maintain good mental health and experience strong, supportive recoveries.5

Beating the Blues US™ is an online tool that aims to improve your mood and well-being on stressful days or when you’re dealing with serious life problems. UPMC’s LifeSolutions service provides 24/7 support and online access to resources that help you find a healthy work-life balance. UPMC’s Behavioral Health Management Program teaches you how to use available treatment resources to best manage mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD so you can stay safe and become healthier.

How Do I Get Started?

Your first step toward getting addiction treatment is to verify your insurance benefits with American Addiction Centers. Our admissions navigators are available 24/7 to check your insurance benefits and help you choose the best rehab facility and treatment program based on your health plan, coverage, and individual circumstances.

There are several ways to verify your insurance benefits. You can call us at There, you can speak to an admissions navigator or you may also use the live chat feature on our website to chat with a navigator. Alternatively, you may also fill out our free insurance verification form to learn more about your benefits and get a response instantly before speaking to an admissions navigator.

Your information will always be kept safe, secure, and confidential. American Addiction Centers is dedicated to helping people experience safe and fulfilling recoveries from addiction.

Verify Your Insurance

Please note: While American Addiction Centers (AAC) aims to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information on each carrier’s addiction insurance coverage, policy changes and errors do occur. Please double-check with your insurance provider directly to confirm your coverage levels. AAC is not affiliated with or endorsed by UPMC Health Insurance or any of its licensees.

Types of UPMC Plans

What Kind of Plans Does UPMC Offer?

There are a variety of UPMC insurance plans to choose from including:3

  • Individual & Family Insurance Plans: These plans include PPOs, HMOs, EPOs, and more.
  • Coverage for Children: This coverage is through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Medicaid & Medical Assistance Plans
  • UPMC Community Health Choices: For those who are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid or receive long-term services and supports.
  • Medicare Special Needs Plans (SNP)
Provider Overview

UPMC is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and serves more than 3.4 million members in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.1 UPMC provides group health insurance, Medicare, employee assistance, worker’s compensation, and behavioral health coverage.



  1. UPMC Health Plan. (n.a.). Our company.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Comorbidity: Substance use disorders and other mental illnesses.
  3. UPMC Health Plan. (n.a.). Plans & Services.
  4. UPMC Health Plan. (2009). Behavioral health.
  5. UPMC Health Plan. (n.a.). Programs and services to improve and manage behavioral health.


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