October 9, 2017 — Legislation has been introduced recently to expand access to inpatient treatment for the disease of addiction.
The bill, authored by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, would eliminate the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion to allow more people to receive addiction treatment. In Pennsylvania, the provision limits the number of patients in treatment, where they can receive treatment and how long they can stay.
Although Malvern Treatment Center’s two inpatient campuses fall outside of Fitzpatrick’s district, Malvern does operate an outpatient center in Trevose at 4612 East Street Road, which is inside his district’s boundaries.
“The ‘IMD exclusion’ blocks access to treatment for people who need inpatient treatment for addiction including some of society’s most vulnerable: veterans, pregnant addicted women, women with dependent children, and low-level drug offenders,” said Fitzpatrick. “This bipartisan bill will eliminate the IMD exclusion for substance use disorder and help states expand access to inpatient addiction services for Medicaid enrollees in a fiscally responsible manner while not intruding on a state’s flexibility to implement care.”