A bill authored by U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) that would remove a barrier to inpatient drug addiction care for Medicaid beneficiaries received U.S. House approval on June 20 by a bipartisan vote of 261-155.

“Unfortunately, current law prohibits some Medicaid-eligible patients from seeking inpatient addiction treatment at IMDs,” said Rep. Walters, referring to institutions for mental diseases. The IMD Care Act will repeal the IMD exclusion to help those battling opioid addiction get the help they need to rebuild their lives.”

The IMD CARE Act, H.R. 5797 – officially the Individuals in Medicaid Deserve (IMD) Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution (CARE) Act – would allow state Medicaid programs from fiscal year (FY) 2019 through FY 2023 to remove the IMD exclusion for certain Medicaid beneficiaries who suffer with an opioid use disorder.


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