On March 1, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state Medicaid program would waive prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment (MAT). The announcement is part of the state’s larger efforts to fight the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. In January, Governor Wolf declared a public health emergency via a 90-day disaster declaration in Pennsylvania to bring together resources and focus efforts on the state's growing issues with opioid abuse. Removal of the preauthorization requirement will allow for more immediate access to treatment. MAT, such as Soboxone and Vivitrol, either prevent a person . . .
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