The NC Council of Churches recently held a summit in Raleigh, North Carolina focusing on the opioid crisis and the importance of Medicaid coverage for patient treatment, according to an article by North Carolina Health News. Advocates in the faith-based group urge for Medicaid expansion to include health insurance for substance abuse treatment as a means of helping address opioid addiction.
The article references Steve Mange, senior policy and strategy counsel at the North Carolina Department of Justice, who discusses how increased insurance coverage could help law enforcement:
If North Carolina closed the coverage gap, more people would get into addiction treatment and it would help relieve the pressure on law enforcement, jails and district attorneys across the state, Mange said.
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