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Amendment to Federal Medicaid Waiver Improves Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

June 07, 2018

Statement Regarding Amendment to Federal Medicaid Waiver Improves Treatment for Substance Use Disorder (Full Press Release)

We applaud Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Human Services under the direction of Secretary Al Gobeille and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their efforts to ensure access to health services for Vermonters seeking treatment for substance use disorder. Our patients and their caregivers are at the center of everything we do and this waiver will give them additional options for much needed treatment.

Our vision for a vibrant, healthy Vermont requires that every Vermonter, regardless of ability to pay, has access to the health care they need, when and where they need it most. The approval of this amendment will provide access to necessary inpatient residential treatment for addiction for patients receiving Medicaid.

Vermont’s hospitals are focused on collaboration to make Vermont a healthier and stronger place and that means working with community partners across the state to provide vital resources for those with substance use disorder. Today’s announcement represents progress in addressing Vermont’s opioid epidemic and improves the continuum of care for Vermonters. This important step provides Vermont the needed flexibility to innovate and continue the collaborative work necessary to address opioids’ devastating effects on our community.