Medicaid’s Role in the Delivery and Payment of Substance Use Disorder Services in Montana

Focus Area: Public Health

Category: Report

Date Published: 2017

This report explores Medicaid’s new role as the primary payer for substance use disorder (SUD) services in Montana as a direct result of the 2016 Medicaid expansion to cover most low-income adults in the State, and offers strategies that the Medicaid program may pursue in this new role to improve SUD service delivery in the State. Even as Congress and the Administration consider broad changes to healthcare reforms implemented under the Affordable Care Act, including elimination of Medicaid expansion and deep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, Montana’s Medicaid program has a unique, point-in-time opportunity to make meaningful progress in SUD delivery system and payment policy to improve the health, well-being, and lives on Montanans.

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