Even though most of Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid system are still locked in a court battle, treatment for drug addiction will be expanded under the program starting July 1.
Kentuckians on Medicaid are currently eligible for some substance use disorder treatment, but the expansion will include coverage for methadone, an addiction medication not previously covered by Medicaid, and up to 30 days at a residential drug treatment facility.
Carol Steckel, commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, says the program will assist the state’s fight against the opioid crisis and other substance addictions.
“Implementation of this SUD waiver will increase and improve services to those fighting with addiction,” Steckel said. “Giving extra support impacts quality of life for the entire family.”
The expansion will also allow drug treatment facilities to expand their capacities beyond their current 16-bed limit and provide transportation to methadone clinics for former foster children, pregnant women and people younger than 21.
The changes are part of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Medicaid waiver—an attempt to change how the federal health benefit program operates in Kentucky.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 other states in supporting a Trump administration rule that would allow small businesses to sign up for health insurance plans that don’t comply with protections required by the Affordable Care Act.
The policy, which has been blocked in federal court, would allow small businesses or groups of people to sign up for “association health plans” that are exempted from covering prescription drugs, emergency services and mental health treatment — all provisions that insurance companies are required to provide under the Affordable Care Act.