Kingston said that the bill would allow Medicaid to cover certain health care services provided to infants in residential pediatric recovery facilities and hospitals. It would also clarify that babies receiving services in residential pediatric recovery centers can continue to receive services after one year of age, and provide for activities to encourage caregiver-infant bonding.
“Babies born exposed to opioids are the most vulnerable victims of this epidemic. It is imperative to create a continuum of care for these babies, so that they and their families can get the right services at the right time in the right setting,” she said.
“Under current federal law, pediatric recovery centers like Brigid’s Path are not eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement. But passage of the CRIB Act can change this by creating a pathway to Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric recovery centers like Brigid’s Path.”
Costs at Brigid’s Path are not reimbursed by Medicaid, so the CRIB Act should bring welcome financial relief, Kingston said.
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“We do need Medicaid and we are working on that at the federal and state level,” she said. “We cannot right now because we are a newborn recovery center and that does not exist in the Social Security Act as something that can receive funding. We are going to start working with the child welfare system to see about funding. But right now everything is just donations from individuals and foundations.”
The CRIB Act would allow Medicaid to reimburse for covered Medicaid services in residential pediatric recovery facilities in addition to hospitals.
“As far as Medicaid, we need the CRIB Act to pass the House and be signed by the president,” Kingston said. “Then, we can start working with the State of Ohio to receive reimbursement for Medicaid eligible services. This process could take a year or more.”