Spending on Opioid Treatment Grew Faster in States That Expanded Medicaid

A new study finds spending on prescriptions for the treatment of opioid use disorder and overdose increased faster in states that expanded Medicaid, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Researchers at the Urban Institute found that between 2013 and 2017, Medicaid spending on prescriptions for the treatment of opioid use disorder and overdose increased more than 2.5-fold in states that expanded Medicaid between late 2014 and 2016, while spending in states that did not increase access to Medicaid rose 1.7-fold.

“There were increases in almost every state for the treatment of opioid use disorder using buprenorphine and naltrexone, but the states that expanded Medicaid more rapidly had higher treatment rates per enrollee,” said researcher Lisa Clemans-Cope.

“In the non-expansion states, they’re really leaving their people without a good option for affordable treatment,” she said. “These medications are really effective, and part of more comprehensive care for many individuals that can really make a big difference in mortality, as well as the experience of their families and their communities.”

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