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Affordable Care Act has Some Local Recovery Centers Barely Staying Afloat

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It's an unintentional side effect, but it's causing some major damage to outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers across the state. It's an unintentional side effect, but it's causing some major damage to outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers across the state.

ELLENSBURG, WA - It's an unintentional side effect, but it's causing some major damage to outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers across the state.

Norman Redberg, the Director of Alcohol Drug Dependency Services in Ellensburg, said the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced their revenue.

He said ACA has made more individuals available for Medicaid and reimbursement rates are extremely low.

Redberg said the amount of revenue that was "billable" for the month of January went down by 14 percent. That's $9,500 lost in one month.

"It's not enough," said Redberg. "It's not enough reimbursement to cover our costs, and we as providers are in what I would consider a desperate situation."

Redberg said they can't operate on this small amount of income for an extended period of time, and recovery centers are trying to bring it to the forefront during this legislative session. He said making Medicaid reimbursement rates a little higher could be a potential solution.

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