140,000 Medicaid Recipients Now Eligible for Substance Abuse Disorder Benefits

Jul 5, 2016

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Starting this month, the state’s more than 140,000 Medicaid recipients are eligible for substance abuse disorder benefits.

The expansion went into effect Friday.

The benefit was already available to the 49,000 people who enrolled as part of the state’s Medicaid expansion program launched two years ago.

Lawmakers reauthorized the program earlier this year.

All standard Medicaid recipients can now access substance abuse disorder benefits, including residential treatment, opioid treatment programs, and recovery support services.

New Hampshire Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyer called the expanded treatment an important milestone in the state’s response to the opioid addiction crisis.