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Legislative Update: Access to Treatment of Opioid Addiction Eased for Medicaid Patients

By Jon Bombardieri, ANJC Government Affairs Counsel

New Jersey has continued to make small but critical changes in how it administers its Medicaid program to make it easier for low-income individuals receive effective treatment for substance use disorders.

The state Department of Human Services, which oversees Medicaid, has announced that the program’s 1.7 million patients will no longer need the approval of a doctor in their health insurance company before starting medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction.

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