A five-year federal pilot project to allow Medi-Cal to pay for a broad range of addiction treatment officially began in California earlier this year. Drug rehabilitation in the 38 participating counties now includes expanded access to medications, inpatient beds, individual therapy, and case managers. The program is open-ended; anyone eligible for services can receive them. In the past, the state spent about $180 million per year on substance abuse treatment for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The pilot project aims to reduce costs by decreasing use of emergency rooms and keeping enrollees out of jail and the child welfare system. To read more, go to the California Healthline website at http://bit.ly/2iJNsiT.