Newly proposed legislation from U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) would provide opioid-addicted Medicaid recipients with additional treatment options.

“Combatting America’s opioid epidemic means ensuring those battling addiction have ready access to quality treatment,” said Rep. Walters, who on May 15 introduced H.R. 5797, a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to allow states to provide services under Medicaid in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) to certain individuals with opioid use disorders.

“Unfortunately, current law prevents some Medicaid recipients battling opioid addiction from receiving the treatment they need to reclaim their lives,” the congresswoman said. “Sadly, an inability to receive proper care can be fatal.”

IMDs are hospitals, nursing care facilities, or any other site that cares for or treats people with “mental diseases,” which the federal law definition says includes substance abuse disorders such as opioid addiction, according to information provided by Rep. Walters’ office.


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