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W.Va. Seeks Waiver to Fight Opioid Epidemic


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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