CHARLESTON– West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs, will now offer Medicaid coverage to treat those babies.
The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved treatment services for newborns enduring the torment of drug withdrawal. The statement says West Virginia becomes the first state to receive such approval.
Cindy Beane, commissioner of the DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services, says the approval will allow the treatment of the opioid crisis’ “most vulnerable, innocent victims.”
In October, first lady Melania Trump visited a drug recovery center for infants in Huntington. During the visit to Lily’s Place, Executive Director Rebecca Crowder lamented the challenge of getting funding and insurance coverage to treat them.