Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly.



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At a lunch on Wednesday, President Trump tried to persuade some reluctant senators to endorse repealing the Affordable Care Act. During the meeting, he mentioned a provision in the Senate Republican proposal that allocates funding for opioid treatment, saying, “We’re committing $45 billion to help combat the opioid epidemic, and some states in particular like that.”

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But addiction treatment specialists warn that sum of money is far from enough to address a crisis that has escalated across the United States in recent years, killing tens of thousands of people.

The federal money would be spent over about a decade, and is part of a bill that also dramatically cuts Medicaid, which is helping many people get treatment now. Those cuts will hit people in some states especially hard – those living in states that expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Act.

“You’re going to take a lot of people, take away their health care benefit, and basically do just a small grant to each state. It’s going to be real big problem,”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/20/537661375/opioid-treatment-funds-in-senate-bill-would-fall-far-short-of-needs?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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