Medicaid's Role in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Colloquium | October 31 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Richard Frank, PhD, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Department of Healthcare Policy

 Public Health, School of

The U.S. is facing an opioids epidemic that has been about 30 years in the making. While opioids overdoses are affecting nearly all American communities, opioid use disorder remains disproportionately a condition that strikes lower income populations. As a result the Medicaid program and its recent changes offer an important tool for addressing this threat to public health. I report on a set of analyses that touch on efforts in the Medicaid program to prevent misuse and mortality, to treat people with addictions, and to insulate providers from the financial consequences of caring for these lower income groups that have historically been uninsured., 510-643-8571