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Will this waiver on Medicaid boost access to mental health and addiction services?

Credit: Idaho On Your Side
Published on December 3, 2019 - Duration: 02:22s

Will this waiver on Medicaid boost access to mental health and addiction services?

A proposal to use Medicaid money to pay for increased mental health and substance use disorder treatments is being deliberated at two separate hearings this week.

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Will this waiver on Medicaid boost access to mental health and addiction services?

IDAHOANS ONMEDICAID GETLONGER-TERMACCESS TO MENTALHEALTH ANDSUBSTANCE USETREATMENT... ISBEING DELIBERATEDTHIS WEEK... AT TWOPUBLIC HEARINGS.6 ON YOUR SIDE'SMADELINE WHITESPOKE TO GROUPSON BOTH SIDES OFTHE DEBATE."WHILE ONE GROUPSAYS THIS IS THEANSWER WE NEEDTO ADDRESS MENTALHEALTH ANDADDICTION ISSUES INTHE GEM STATE...ANOTHER ANTI-EXPANSION GROUPWORRIES THAT THISCOULD MAKE ITMORE ATTRACTIVEFOR PEOPLE TO SIGNUP WITH MEDICAID.""THIS IS THE ONLYPOSITIVEENHANCEMENT TOMEDICAIDEXPANSION.""WE'RE NOT IN FAVOROF A WAIVER THAT'SACTUALLY GOING TOEXPAND THE POOLOF THOSE TREATED."NOT EVERYONEAGREES ON THIS--THAT'S WHY THEDEPARTMENT OFHEALTH ANDWELFARE IS ASKINGFOR YOUR INPUT.THEY RELEASED ABEHAVIORAL HEALTHTRANSFORMATIONWAIVER LAST MONTHFOR PUBLICCOMMENT.

SO WHATIS IT AND WHATWOULD IT DO?

FORONE... IT'LL BOOSTWHERE ELIGIBLEPEOPLE CAN BECOVERED FORTREATMENTS, WHICHWOULDPARTICULARLY HELPFOLKS IN RURALAREAS.

ALSO IF ITPASSES, MORERESOURCES WOULDBE MADE AVAILABLEFOR THOSE WITHMENTAL HEALTH ANDAND SUBSTANCE USEDISORDERS -- ANDTHEY'D BENEFITFROM IMPROVEDCOORDINATION OFCARE.RECLAIM IDAHO SAYSUNLIKE OTHERMEDICAID EXPANSIONREVISIONSRECENTLY-- THISONE-- THEY SAY THEYSUPPORT."BECAUSE IT WILLALLOW PEOPLE WITHMENTAL HEALTHISSUES ANDSUBSTANCE USEISSUES TO RECEIVETREATMENTTHROUGH MEDICAIDEXPANSION.""PREVENTATIVE HEALTHALWAYS IS THE BESTWAY."THE IDAHO FREEDOMFOUNDATION TAKES ADIFFERENT STANCE."MEDICAID ASDESIGNED WAS APROGRAM FORIDAHO'S MOSTVULNERABLE --PREGNANT WOMENOF LOW INCOME,CHILDREN, AND THEDISABLED.""UNSUSTAINABLECOSTS OF MEDICAIDEXPANSION WILLTHREATEN THE MOSTVULNERABLE."FOR CONTEXT THEVAST MAJORITY OFMEDICAID EXPANSIONIS COVERED BYFEDERAL DOLLARS.RECENTLY THE D-H-WWAS QUICK TO POINTOUT IDAHO'S QUOTE"INCREASED NEEDFOR ACCESS TOBEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE.""AS THEDEPARTMENT OFHEALTH ANDWELFARE POINTEDOUT IN THEIR NEWSRELEASE-- THISALIGNS WITH THEPRIORITY MADECLEAR BY BOTH THEGOVERNOR'S OFFICEAND THE IDAHOLEGISLATURE.

THATIS: CONFRONTINGTHE OPIOIDEPIDEMIC."MORE ON THIS CANBE FOUND ONLINE."PUBLIC COMMENTSON THE WAIVER WILLBE ACCEPTED UNTILDECEMBER 24TH.THIS WEEK'SHEARINGS IN BOISEARE MONDAY ANDTUESDAY FROM 3:30TO 5.

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