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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


June 11, 2018
Press Release
New guidance on best practices, Medicaid reimbursement for neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) praised the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for issuing new Medicaid guidance for states to treat babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to drugs during pregnancy.

The guidance offers states, hospitals and pediatric residential centers like Lily’s Place more information on best practices and treatments, including what services are covered under Medicaid.

“I join First Lady Melania Trump in applauding HHS for clearly showing how we can continue to care for these vulnerable newborns. Facilities like Lily’s Place are specifically mentioned, and this report gives clearer guidance on the role Medicaid plays to make sure every child has a chance at a healthy start to life. As a leader in Congress on this issue, I will continue to work closely with President Trump, the First Lady, HHS, and my colleagues to push legislation and best practices to care for newborns suffering from NAS,” Rep. Jenkins said.

First Lady Melania Trump urged states, hospitals and nonprofits to look at benefits and waivers available to help families impacted by NAS.

“It is our responsibility to do all we can to ensure our most vulnerable are protected. This past year, I visited Lily’s Place in West Virginia, where addiction recovery treatment is available to the entire family. ‘Be Best’ is dedicated to bringing attention to successful programs like Lily’s Place because our nation needs more programs like these to help struggling Americans. I am proud to support HHS in its continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic,” First Lady Melania Trump said.

For HHS’ announcement on the NAS guidance, please click here.

For the full guidance, please click here.