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Maryland made a plan to help people leaving prison get drug treatment — but it never used it

Maryland made a plan to help people leaving prison get drug treatment — but it never used it

Fatal drug overdoses had been climbing for years when Maryland health officials decided to target a particularly vulnerable group: Those leaving prison or jail.

They have high rates of addiction, but low rates of insurance for treatment. So the state sought federal permission to skip the usual paperwork to get them temporary Medicaid cards.

Advocates lauded the move as a novel way to prevent overdose deaths, since inmates going back into their communities are at high risk to use drugs again and die. But more than two years later, the...

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