Ohioans in Congress push to expand treatment for opioid addiction
WASHINGTON — Following up on attempts to get Medicaid to ease rules that limit access to drug addiction treatment, Ohio U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown today introduced a bill that could force the government’s hand.
It was just the latest such effort.
Their bill would end the federal rule that says in-patient centers for treating mental health and addiction can house no more than 16 such patients if Medicaid is paying the bill. Medicaid is the joint federal-state healthcare program for low-income Americans, and in Ohio, the federal government pays half the costs for mental health and addiction …