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    doctor is offline Junior Member
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    Default Suboxone Medicaid Access

    I have a problem in our Family Practice Clinic in Michigan. We offer Suboxone. Do you have any ideas? Michigan Medicaid has decided that it will no longer pay for Suboxone for any Medicaid patient, no appeal, no exceptions. They have to go to methadone clinics only. I do not understand what is going on and cannot get any explanations from anyone in the State Government. One Medicaid sub abuse official told me pompously that I cannot even prescribe it because the patients are not allowed to use their OWN money to buy things that Medicaid does not pay for! (does Medicaid not allow them to buy socks because Medicaid does not cover that?) I do not get it. Isn't it cheaper than methadone, because patients do not have to go every day? Rumor has it that the Methadone clinics oppose Suboxone because of financial reasons. Yet, how can that be true, since there are nowhere near enough places in the Methadone clincs?

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    Hi, I am on Medicaid in the state of Florida and Suboxone is covered on medicaid down here..Also, there are THOUSANDS of people that are on Medicaid that pay every month for there own sub Dr.Appts..Because most sub Dr's down here do not take any kind of insurance.. I really do not think that medicaid can stop anyone from spending there own money on something they need that medicaid will not cover..That sounds like the most ridiculous comment ..And how would Medicaid even know if someone used there own money to buy Sub? They can not control what people spend there money on..That is insane..
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    Sheri

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    Expect to see bigger cuts in medicaid in the months and years ahead. From what I have heard, the problems in Medicare & Medicaid make the problems of Social Security look like small potatoes. The last four years have seen massive increases in deficits, both governmental and current account. You can thank Bush's cut tax and spend policies for the current situation we find ourselves in. Many economists have been sounding the warnings on the deficit for a while now, and Bush's budget proposal for 06 does take modest steps in the direction of fiscal responsibility. Whether or not it is "too little too late" remains to be seen. However, what you can count on is that during times like these, programs that are geared toward the poor and disenfranchised (like medicaid) are much more likely to be cut than other more popular spending programs.

    One thing you might look into is Bush's new program called "Access to Recovery". This program provides funding for the faith based initiatives that you have probably heard about. Whether it will cover medical approaches, including methadone/buprenorphine is unknown, though you could try calling them and asking. There is more information available here:

    http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/...nitiative.html

    http://atr.samhsa.gov/


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    quote:Originally posted by doctor

    I have a problem in our Family Practice Clinic in Michigan. We offer Suboxone. Do you have any ideas? Michigan Medicaid has decided that it will no longer pay for Suboxone for any Medicaid patient, no appeal, no exceptions. They have to go to methadone clinics only. I do not understand what is going on and cannot get any explanations from anyone in the State Government. One Medicaid sub abuse official told me pompously that I cannot even prescribe it because the patients are not allowed to use their OWN money to buy things that Medicaid does not pay for! (does Medicaid not allow them to buy socks because Medicaid does not cover that?) I do not get it. Isn't it cheaper than methadone, because patients do not have to go every day? Rumor has it that the Methadone clinics oppose Suboxone because of financial reasons. Yet, how can that be true, since there are nowhere near enough places in the Methadone clincs?
    SUSAN FARRAR

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    THANK GOD THEIR ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT CARE ENOUGH TO QUESTION THESE PEOPLE! THANK YOU! AS WAS SAID IN ANOTHER REPLY IT IS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS WHAT WE CHOSE TO SPEND OUT MONEY ON! THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR METHADONE WHICH IS A MONSTER TO BEGIN WITH! WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF MORE CLINICS IN MICHIGAN, I HAVE JUST MOVED TO THE GAYLORD AREA AND UNFORTUNETLY AM ON METHADONE THE CLOSEST CLINIC IS IN GRAND RAPIDS! I PRAY I CAN FIND A DOCTOR TO HELP ME GET ON THE SUBOXONE! I HAVE HEARD WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT IT! I WAS PUT ON METHADONE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR HELP THEY CAN GIVE ME? THANKS AGAIN MAYBE WE CAN START PETISIONS AND SEND THEM TO OUR WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN OFFICE?

    SUSAN FARRAR

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    How Sad is that?! someone is losing their slice of the pie and i am sure they stereotype all medicade recipiants to begin with....ghod forbid they get better and get out of the fat system! Sadistic pigs!

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    do you know of any clinics near lansing that prescribe suboxone. It's for a friend. you can email me at escalerab@hotmail.com

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    yea yea it's all Bush's fault... LMAO

    What happened to personal accountability.. Oh, that's right in MA nothing is your fault, it's societies fault, or big business, or Bill Gates, or (insert any republican's names) fault. NEVER your fault. Not in MA.

    Look at MA the welfare state. Kennedy, and a ton of feel good, hand out, MA liberal legislation made a mess of that state.. Don't blame Bush from TX for MA's crap. TAXACHUSETTS has been the pits for a lot longer than the last 6 years.

    Bush did not force most of the manufacturing out of MA. Bush did not make MA the most walefare friendly state. Bush did not write the MA welfare, food stamp, MassHealth, assisted living handbook. Bush did not make the tax rate in MA so oppressive people and business fled the state.

    Springfield, Worchester, Holyoke and Roxbury (Boston) ... all such beautiful places. Holyoke had the highest per capita IV usage in the country for years. 80% on section 8 housing. Get food stamps/welfare/free housing/free medical/fuel assistance, yet have cable, a TV, a Carolla with $2000 rims, and a $2000 thumper stereo, air conditioning/free utilities (so they keep it at 65 in the summer and 80 in the winter),have 10 kids (who will grow up to follow in their parents (singular) footsteps who will be on the dole too, AND weigh 350 lbs at 5' tall.

    They flood the health care system and increase costs to the rest of the people.

    It's not bushes fault MA has such a problem. Just look at the new MANDATORY health insurance law!!! Talk about a violation of personal rights. I can't wait to see how THAT works out. MA is the cancer that is killing New England.

    Why do all the people with jobs want to move out? cuz of BUSH I suppose.

    Been there, done that, wore out the tee shirt.

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    Groovy.. Try this link to find a MD:

    http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/bwns_locator/index.html

    Note: this thread WAS 2 years old!

    Been there, done that, wore out the tee shirt.

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