July 31, 2014

Bill aims to give wider access to care

Congress is beginning to act to change a 1965 law that limits the size of treatment centers that are covered under Medicaid. The Breaking Addictions Act of 2014, introduced by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and Congressman Tim Ryan, both democrats from Ohio, would introduce a five-year trial. During that time 8 to 10 states would be allowed exceptions to the current legislations, which forbids Medicaid from covering treatment in facilities that have more than 16 beds.

“By removing an outmoded barrier to funding for substance abuse treatment, we can go a long way toward reversing the heroin epidemic and saving lives,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “I am also confident that data collected from this demonstration project will show community treatment will lower the bill to taxpayers for overall health care and decrease law enforcement costs associated with opiate addiction.

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