Protect Addiction Treatment in Medicaid
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With healthcare changes under consideration by Congress, we write to stress the importance of Medicaid coverage for those with substance use disorders.
As you may know, Medicaid expansion provides coverage for 1.29 million low-income people with substance use disorders.
In the United States we have a treatment access issue. While roughly 22 million individuals are in need of treatment related to drugs or alcohol, only 10% actually receive it. Can you imagine if only 10% of patients with cancer or diabetes received treatment?
The data shows that 29% of people who receive their health insurance through Medicaid expansion either have a mental disorder or a substance use disorder or both; and Medicaid pays for between 35-50% of all medication assisted treatment (MAT) nationwide. In addition, States hardest hit by the opioid epidemic would be at greatest risk for coverage reductions if Medicaid expansion is repealed.
We ask that you work to protect treatment for addiction in any healthcare reform efforts to ensure access for the most vulnerable people suffering with addiction.
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