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W.Va. Seeks Waiver to Fight Opioid Epidemic

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by Virgil Dickson

In an effort aimed at the substance abuse epidemic that’s disproportionately killing its residents, West Virginia is asking the CMS to approve a waiver that would expand treatment for Medicaid enrollees.

The state wants to expand the number of community-based and outpatient substance abuse providers, to offer residential treatment and to increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment, which combines the use of medications and behavioral therapy for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. It did not identify how much these efforts would cost.

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