Saturday, May 28, 2016

WE CANNOT WAIT 3 MORE YEARS!

APPROX. 3 MARYLAND DEATHS / DAY X 3 YEARS = 3,285+ MARYLAND DEATHS!   HOW MANY OF THESE DEATHS COULD BE PREVENTED BY IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO LONG-TERM RESIDENTIAL CARE?

Re:  1115 Waiver Renewal Initiative

Thanks to our legislators and stakeholders who worked to pass the Parity Compliance in Medicaid Bill (SB 899/HB 1217) supporting MD Medicaid/Medicare compliance with federal parity laws.  MD Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is now applying to Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) for a waiver to allow Medicaid/Medicare funds to cover the continuum of substance use disorder (SUD) services, INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT.  

Their current plan is to cover up to (2) non-consecutive 30 day stays at a 3.3 -- 3.7 level of care (detox) within a calendar year, effective July, 2017.  Then they plan to phase in coverage for level 3.1 (halfway house) by July, 2019.  

They are accepting stakeholder comments until this Tuesday, May 31st (see link below).  Please write a letter to let DHMH know that we cannot wait for three years for coverage for the full continuum of care --detox through halfway house (at least 90 days).  

The consistent message throughout the stakeholder community needs to be that MD Medicaid/Medicare needs to fund detox, plus at least 90 days residential treatment, by July 2017, in order to IMMEDIATELY address the rapidly rising overdose death rate.  Our loved ones need access to life-saving treatment when they want it, for as long as they need it.  This is a healthcare and budgetary crisis.  129 Americans die each day as a result of a fatal overdose --and approximately 3 of them are Marylanders!  

We cannot wait three more years for treatment that works!  

Please send all correspondence to:  dhmh.healthchoicerenewal@maryland.gov by Tuesday, May 31st.  Include your name, email and/or phone number.  

Thanks, Lisa

Lisa Lowe
Heroin Action Coalition
heroinactioncoalition@gmail.com
301-525-6183

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