Oct 3, 2018

How states can improve addiction treatment

People protest New York City's response to the opioid epidemic, 2017. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

States can do a lot to improve treatment for opioid addiction, especially through their Medicaid programs, former HHS official Emma Sandoe writes in Health Affairs.

The big picture: Medicaid pays for more addiction treatment than private insurance, making it an important part of any solution to the opioid crisis.

  • In addition to adopting the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, states can design their programs to ensure broad and affordable coverage for naloxone, which helps revive people who have overdosed, and for medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to help people break their underlying dependence.
  • States can also simply require treatment centers to provide more MAT and can loosen their licensing rules so that more nurse practitioners and other providers are able to administer it.

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Maryland becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he is ordering residents to stay at home effective 8 p.m. due to the coronavirus, except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: Maryland is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Hospital ship the USNS Comfort arrives in Manhattan
  4. Public health updates: — White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said the 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. coronavirus death toll estimate is based on the presumption that citizens follow social-distancing guidelines "almost perfectly."
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