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August 02, 2019

CMS Releases Guidance on Assistance for Moms and Babies

Recently, CMS released guidance on section 1012 of the SUPPORT Act, entitled “Help for Moms and Babies.” Under this section, “a new limited exception to the institution for mental diseases (IMD) exclusion” is provided to allow Medicaid programs to cover pregnant women who are placed in IMDs “for purposes of receiving treatment for a substance use disorder.” The guidance provides clarification to states on how to implement such programs.