WV gets approval of Medicaid 1115 Waiver to expand substance abuse treatment

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CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), has received approval for a Medicaid waiver which will allow West Virginia to expand substance use treatment and services for Medicaid members.

The Medicaid 1115 Waiver was awarded by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care and health outcomes by expanding services for those with a substance use disorder diagnosis.

“This waiver allows the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to more effectively prevent and treat substance use issues for Medicaid enrollees through expanded treatment services,” said Cindy Beane, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services.

The waiver will contribute to a comprehensive statewide strategy to combat prescription drug abuse and opioid use disorders.

It will allow West Virginia to cover methadone, naloxone, peer recovery support, withdrawal management and short-term residential services to all Medicaid enrollees.

According to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, more than 80% of the waver is funded by the federal government.

“We would especially like to thank Senators Capito and Manchin for their assistance in pushing for the approval of this waiver,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

For more information, click the "West Virginia DHHR - Waiver Approvals" link under the "Related Links" tab on this story.

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