Pennsylvania Governor Ends Policies that Delays Access to Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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Opioid Epidemic

In his declaration, the governor challenged all state agencies to find innovative solutions to eradicate heroin and opioid addiction. He encouraged them to focus on 13 initiatives.

Additionally, Gov. Wolf implemented 45 centers of excellence that will provide treatment for 11,000 people with substance abuse disorder.

According to Gov. Wolf, removing barriers to treatment is the newest initiative by his administration. It is another tool for them to “fight this scourge on our state and our people. The governor is encouraging all insurers to join and support the fight against heroin and opioid epidemic.

Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) pledged support for all states and payers removing prior authorization for all MAT.  The association believes that it is necessary to end all barriers to providing care for substance abuse disorders. AMA noted the fact that two million people are suffering from opioid addiction and nearly 600,000 from heroin addiction.