“One of the most controversial budget cuts proposed by the LePage administration this year would have eliminated MaineCare funding for methadone treatment in federally-regulated clinics. Instead, the state suggested that about 4,000 methadone patients be redirected to office-based treatment with the alternative drug Suboxone.
The idea was widely panned by substance abuse treatment providers, and lawmakers have opted to preserve the status quo – but to also look for ways to improve treatment.
“So that was good news and reflected the understanding of the Legislature that methadone was an essential treatment for individuals with opiate addiction in Maine,” says Jim Cohen, an attorney representing a coalition of methadone providers in the state of Maine. He says the budget directs the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a panel of stakeholders to evaluate ways to make methadone treatment more cost effective and better meet the needs of patients.”
Source: MPBN.net – July 2, 2015