Whitney Houston’s Death Underscores Complexities of Health Insurance for Rehab

By Gina Roberts-Grey


Almost every day, it seems, a celebrity enters rehab to kick an addiction to drugs, alcohol or both. Like so many other celebrities, singer Whitney Houston wrestled with drug problems. The music superstar died Feb. 12 after what appears to be an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Houston’s tragic and rocky relationship with drugs — prescription and otherwise — provides a fresh focus on drug and alcohol rehab and its costs. Houston, who reportedly underwent treatment for substance abuse three times, could afford her stints in rehab. But for thousands of other Americans, treatment for drug or alcohol abuse comes at a high price, even with

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