The Opioid Epidemic and Medicaid’s Role in Facilitating Access to Treatment

kff-logoThis brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation examines Medicaid’s role in providing access to treatment for opioid addiction. The brief finds that among nonelderly adults with opioid addiction, those with Medicaid were twice as likely than those with private insurance or no insurance to have received treatment in 2016; that Medicaid facilitates access to treatment by covering numerous inpatient and outpatient treatment services, as well as medications prescribed as part of medication-assisted treatment; and that several policy changes have allowed states to obtain waivers that allow Medicaid funding of substance use treatment services.