“In an opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of people nationwide, finding and paying for addiction treatment remains a challenge for low-income Americans, particularly in the South and parts of the West.
The Affordable Care Act required Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor, to start paying for all available substance abuse treatments in 2014, a provision seen as a boon for low-income people who previously were not covered for addiction treatment.
But Medicaid coverage of the most widely used opioid addiction medication, buprenorphine, varies widely among states. Many doctors don’t want to treat Medicaid patients for addiction. And red tape can make it difficult for many Medicaid recipients with addictions to get effective treatment.”
Source: PBS.org – October 14, 2016
See related article: Policy Experts Clash over Medicaid’s Role in the Opioid Crisis available at: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Addictions/60611?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-10-07&eun=g380369d0r&pos=5
See related video: Matt Salo Explains Medicaid’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic available at: http://www.ajmc.com/interviews/matt-salo-explains-medicaids-role-in-the-opioid-epidemic