NHeLP Comments on SUPPORT Act Section 1003 Demonstration

Executive Summary

The Substance Use Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a demonstration to increase the capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) services. In comments to HHS, NHeLP urges the administration to ensure the demonstration centers beneficiaries in addition to providers; emphasizes availability or lack thereof of community-based services; surveys the harms of utilization management limitations on access to treatment for SUD; and evaluate compliance with EPSDT requirements. Finally, NHeLP calls on HHS to evaluate the impact of the projects on reducing health disparities.

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