CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs, will now offer Medicaid coverage to treat those babies.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved treatment services in the state for newborns enduring the torment of drug withdrawal, the state Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release Tuesday.
The statement said West Virginia becomes the first state to receive such approval.
In October, first lady Melania Trump visited Lily’s Place, a drug recovery center for infants in Huntington.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate of babies born dependent on drugs in West Virginia was 33.4 per 1,000 hospital births in 2013, the latest year available, compared with the national average of 5.8.