Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Support the Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion Act

June 26, 2017 | Addiction Policy Forum

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate to amend the barriers set in place by IMD exclusion. We need your help to urge your Senators to support Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (Medicaid CARE) Act and ensure individuals in need of treatment are covered by Medicaid. 

Contact your Senators here.
 
The Medicaid CARE Act will amend the IMD exclusion barrier and allow Medicaid coverage in residential treatment facilities with up to 40 beds for up to 60 days; and will allow for other medical services to be covered. This bill also establishes a $50 million youth inpatient treatment grant program that will allow facilities to provide services for individuals under the age of 21 years old. Additionally, this legislation will increase better access for pregnant and postpartum women to ensure treatment services are available for healthy birth outcomes.
 
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.

 

Topics: Advocacy

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