October 01, 2018

Potential Impact of Texas et al v United States on Persons with Substance Use Disorder

Michael C. Barnes, Stacey L. Worthy, Eric D. Topor, Matthew Itzkowitz and Sean Cheatle, DCBA Law & Policy, Washington, DC

I. Introduction

Substance use disorder (SUD) is significant public health issue in the United States, especially given the nation’s growing opioid, heroin, and fentanyl epidemic.1 Historically, insurance coverage for SUD treatment and services has been restricted, thereby creating a barrier for individuals with SUD to seek the care they need.2 On March 23, 2010, however, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law, which substantially expanded health insurance coverage for individuals with SUD, including opioid use disorder.3

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