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West Virginia first state to get federal waiver to treat opioid-addicted babies

West Virginia first state to get federal waiver to treat opioid-addicted babies

The Trump administration approved a waiver Tuesday to allow West Virginia to offer treatment for newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal.

West Virginia is the first state to get a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to treat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome through Medicaid.

“No state has felt the effects of this epidemic like West Virginia has, and I am so happy that our state is now able to provide [Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome] services through the Medicaid program,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome refers to when a newborn’s exposure to opioids is abruptly cut off at birth.

One treatment center in Huntington offers care for the syndrome.

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