Report Shows Limited Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatments for Medicare Beneficiaries

More than 50,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries experienced an opioid overdose in 2021, while almost a quarter of Part D enrollees (12.1 million) received at least one prescription opioid through Medicare, according to a recent report from the HHS Office of Inspector General.

The proportion of beneficiaries receiving opioids has been declining, from 33% in 2016 to 23% in 2021. Alabama saw the highest proportion of opioid recipients (36%), while New York and Hawaii ranked the lowest (15%).

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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