GOP’s Proposed Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Charlene Yurgaitis gets health insurance through Medicaid in Pennsylvania. It covers the counseling and medication she and her doctors say she needs to recover from her opioid addiction.

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Charlene Yurgaitis gets health insurance through Medicaid in Pennsylvania. It covers the counseling and medication she and her doctors say she needs to recover from her opioid addiction.

Ben Allen/WITF

Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering big cuts to Medicaid. But those cuts endanger addiction treatment, which many people receive through the government health insurance program.

Charlene Yurgaitis is one of the people who’s been helped. She’s 35 and lives in Lancaster, Penn., and once supervised 17 people at an insurance company. But when some college students moved in next door about a decade ago, they became friends and she started doing oxycontin with them. Then she moved onto heroin and harder drugs.

Earlier this year, after about a decade of using, Yurgaitis finally had enough of that life and went into recovery. It’s hard.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/11/531214580/gops-proposed-cuts-to-medicaid-threaten-treatment-for-opioid-addiction?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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