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Lawmakers hoping to change addiction treatment in Ohio

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Receiving treatment for opioid addiction in Ohio can mean months of waiting for patients to get into facilities.

As a result lawmakers are taking action.  

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman introduced bipartisan legislation to help people in Ohio receive treatment for opioid addiction. 

The bill would continue to expand Medicaid allowing coverage at facilities for up to 40 beds. This is a  big jump from the current 16 allowed. 

"When these addiction numbers have just exploded and so many families are just subjected to this and demised by this we need more hire limits on the hospitals we need more opportunity for people to be able to get this addiction treatment," said Senator Brown. 

In the Valley, places like the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center in Youngstown have a waiting list of up to 45 people to receive treatment. 

"Capacity is part of our challenge, and if we can have this expanded availability of beds, I think people will be able to get into care quicker and recovery can take place," said Neil Kennedy Executive Director Carolyn Givens. 

The center is currently limited to 16 beds. 

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