Take Action: Urge Your Representatives to Support the Road to Recovery Act

June 26, 2017 | Addiction Policy Forum
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House to allow states to expand access to inpatient treatment for individuals with substance use disorders, while removing the barriers set forth by the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion policy. We need your help to urge your Representatives to support the Road to Recovery Act and ensure individuals in need of treatment are covered by Medicaid. 
 
Contact your Representatives here
 
Bill in Brief:
 
The Road to Recovery Act [H.R. 2938], introduced by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), will:
  • Enable states to expand access to inpatient treatment for individuals with substance use disorders, while removing the barriers set forth by the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion policy;
  • Allow Medicaid coverage in residential treatment facilities for individuals under the age of 65, and lifts the 16-bed limit, regardless of facilities size;
  • Require periodic reviews, no less than every 60 days, to ensure individuals needs and services are met;
  • Ensure there is no limit to the length of time in which an individual can stay in treatment and allows patients to receive a treatment plan that best meets their needs.
The Road to Recovery Act will repeal the IMD exclusion barrier, allowing Medicaid coverage in residential treatment facilities for individuals under the age of 65, and lifts the 16-bed limit, regardless of facilities size. Additionally, this bill will require periodic reviews, no less than every 60 days, to ensure individuals needs and services are met. This provision ensures there is no limit to the length of time an individual can stay in treatment and allows patients to receive a treatment plan that best meets their needs.
 
Currently, Medical Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion is a serious barrier for individuals who are covered by Medicaid and are in need of substance use disorder treatment. IMD exclusion prohibits Medicaid from covering patients 22-64 years old in residential mental health or substance use disorder treatment facilities that exceed 16 beds.

 

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