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Gov. Rauner announces federal approval of Medicaid waiver

Gov. Rauner announces federal approval of Medicaid waiver

Governor Bruce Rauner announced Monday that the federal government has approved a new state Medicaid waiver. Beginning July 1st, the waiver will allow the state to use 2 billion dollars in federal funds in programs designed to provide care to those with behavioral health problems. The focus will be on substance abuse and mental health problems. This funding will help the 24 percent of Medicaid users the governor’s office says are currently suffering from behavioral health problems. The 10 pilot programs will provide care for patients that are not currently covered by Medicaid. The programs include residential and inpatient treatment for substance abusers, crisis intervention, and in-home care for postpartum women. These programs aim to aid in the opioid epidemic, reduce crime and violence, and improve maternal and child health. The waiver will run for five years and can be renewed.