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Maryland seeks to expand access to drug, mental health treatment in the community

Maryland seeks to expand access to drug, mental health treatment in the community

Maryland health officials are seeking permission to use federal dollars to pay for Medicaid patients to get substance-abuse and mental-health treatment outside the state's general hospitals. Lifting the ban on such spending would expand the options for people seeking care, allowing them to use community treatment facilities that specialize in those services and tend to be less costly than hospitals, said officials from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A waiver from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would also give state officials another tool to use against the heroin epidemic, which has led to a doubling in overdose deaths from 2010 to 2014, said...

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