$45 Billion To Fight Opioid Abuse? That’S A Good Deal Too Little, Specialists Say

“Medicaid spending contracts and expands based on need as well as new treatment options,” Mr. Frank wrote in his analysis.
Like other experts, she emphasized the importance of combining addiction treatment with broader medical care.
In a new study released on Wednesday, the Urban Institute found that Medicaid spending on several medications that treat opioid addiction and overdoses soared to nearly $1 billion last year.
That law is dividing $1 billion in treatment funds to all 50 states over the next two years, but experts say it is far short of what’s needed.
Richard G. Frank, a health economics professor at Harvard Medical School, has estimated that last year, people who enrolled in expanded Medicaid incurred about $4.5 billion in costs for mental health and addiction treatment.

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