Friday Five: Funding options may help states experiment with new ways to address the opioid crisis

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June 15, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about government funding to address opioid addiction, how state elections will determine Medicaid expansion, artificial intelligence, poverty’s impact on mental illness, and Georgia’s child support program.

1. CMS gives states Medicaid funding to combat the opioid crisis

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance this week on how states can access funding to address opioid addiction in their communities. Healthcare Finance outlines how the funding is available to help connect electronic health records and prescription monitoring, enhance technology, and create new treatment approaches to newborn addiction. 

2. Fall elections key moment in Medicaid expansion debate

In this article, Roll Call predicts that the results of elections in Florida, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah will help determine whether those states expand Medicaid. Interest in expansion remains high, particularly among Democrats and health care advocates, while work requirements may be increasing Republican support.

3. The future of AI in health care

Artificial intelligence is rapidly causing changes to the health care field. This article in Psychology Today rounds up some of the recent innovations in patient monitoring, diagnostics, drug discovery, and oncology. Individuals in the field argue that AI will make health care better, faster, and more cost effective.

4. The vicious cycle of poverty and behavioral health 

In this blog from the Daily Press, the new CEO of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula discusses the connection between mental health issues, substance abuse, and poverty. Low-income individuals struggle to receive treatment due to less access to insurance, transportation, paid time off, and the cost of health care, but new programs may help address the issue.

5. Georgia's fatherhood program: Helping men support their children

The vast majority of non-custodial parents who owe child support are men. According to this report from Georgia Public Broadcasting, a program run by the Division of Child Support Services is helping these men figure out how to balance supporting their children, meeting their legal obligations, and keeping themselves financially secure.