By Athena Mandros

Medicaid, as the largest payer of addiction treatment benefits, is in a unique position to address the growing opioid addiction crisis (see As Opioid Epidemic Continues, Steps to Curb It Multiply, ‘You Want A Description Of Hell?’ Oxycontin’s 12-Hour Problem, and House, Senate Hope To Craft Quick Anti-Drug Abuse Compromise). As a result, OPEN MINDS conducted a survey of all state Medicaid programs to figure out what addiction treatment benefits are actually covered. What we found out – two states do not cover any addiction treatment, 48 states offer outpatient benefits, and only 22 states cover residential treatment. The question…
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