ABSTRACT

Medicaid: Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, and Children, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 414KB]

From the Highlights: "The misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers and illicit opioids, such as heroin, has contributed to increases in OUD [opioid use disorder] and overdose deaths. Pregnant women with OUD have an increased risk of overdose during the postpartum period. Opioids also caused over half of drug overdose deaths among youth in 2017. Medicaid plays a key role in covering services to treat OUD for low-income women and children. The SUPPORT [Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities] Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to study Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder, including OUD. The act also includes a provision for GAO to examine children's access to these services, such as through telehealth. This report describes Medicaid coverage of OUD services for (1) pregnant and postpartum women in selected states; (2) children in selected states; and (3) children delivered via telehealth in schools across all states, and utilization of these services."

Report Number:
GAO-20-40
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Date:
2019-10
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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