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Despite Obamacare, Big Gap in Substance Abuse Treatment
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The nation’s health law has promised sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction get treatment. Many unable to afford services in the past now can receive them without first landing in jail or an emergency room, health officials say. “There is no illness that will be more favorably affected [by the Affordable Care Act] than substance abuse,” said A. Thomas McLellan, former U.S. deputy drug czar who now heads Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. “This is the beginning of substance abuse disorders being part of mainstream health care.”