Many Opioid Addiction Programs Don’t Accept Medicaid: Study

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A new study finds many opioid addiction programs, especially those in the Southeast, don’t accept Medicaid.

The study of 1,150 opioid addiction treatment programs found fewer than 750 accept Medicaid. States in the Southeast and Great Plains states were the least likely to accept Medicaid, HealthDay reports.

“I think the take-home message is really that, in the middle of an opioid epidemic, across the country, that many people, low income Americans, in particular, those on Medicaid, don’t have access to treatment for opioid use disorder,” lead author Amanda Abraham of the University of Georgia said in a news release. “And that’s a major problem because the Medicaid population has been disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic. They’re more likely to be prescribed opioids. And they’re also at higher risk for death from opioid overdose.”

The study was published in Health Services Research.

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    Keith Steinlein

    April 16, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    This is true of Treatment programs in general nation wide. Any one who has worked in the SUD’s field has know this about medicaid for many years before the Affordable Care was ever thought of or passed. The Affordable care act is a joke on America. Medicaid is not accepted at the majority Alcohol/Drug treatment programs, Detox facilities,or medical clinics. Many of the people are on medicaid because of the opioid addiction. Opioid addiction is not because of a person of lower income, opiates are over prescribed to ever economic level.

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