State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation to close a loophole within state Medicaid coverage of services and support for patients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD). In 2019, more than 30,000 admissions for alcohol-related substance abuse were recorded across the state of Michigan.

“For patients struggling to overcome alcohol use disorder, receiving the support and resources they need is vital to their long-term health and wellness,” said Hammoud. “Decades of inaccessibility and skyrocketing costs have served as barriers significantly preventing better health outcomes for far too many. Compounded with the immense stressors stemming from the ongoing pandemic, we can’t afford to wait any longer to make these important changes.”

This legislation would make the state’s reimbursements for AUD treatment more consistent for patients in need, ensuring affordable access to comprehensive health care and enhancing recovery success rates in Michigan.