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Gap in addiction treatment from ‘essential benefits’ standard

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FARGO — There’s an unintended gap in adult residential treatment for addictions because of North Dakota’s selection of the basic “essential services” coverage under the Affordable Care Act, service providers and mental health advocates say.


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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to