Families Say Trump’s Budget Cuts Run Counter to His Promises to Battle Addiction

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Family members of young people who have struggled with or died from opioid addiction say President Trump’s budget proposal, which would reduce funding for addiction treatment, runs counter to his promises to help solve the problem, the Associated Press reports.

The proposed budget would shrink spending for Medicaid, which covers an estimated three in 10 adults with opioid addiction. The budget is unlikely to be approved as written, the article notes.

The Republican health care bill passed by the House would allow states to weaken a requirement that private insurance cover addiction treatment. The Congressional Budget Office estimates a patient’s cost of substance abuse treatment could increase by thousands of dollars a year in states that have chosen to reduce coverage requirements.

“Inside I’m screaming,” Sandra Chavez of Sacramento, California, who lost her 24-year-old son, Jeffrey, to a blood infection related to his injection drug use, told the AP. “We’re going backward with Donald Trump’s plan.”

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    Judy Martinson

    June 7, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Why cut budgets for programs such as tobacco prevention, drugs, alcohol? The states don’t have enough money to fund these programs. Yes, I agree get a job but remember there are many that do work but not given any health insurance benefit. The same goes for those who are self employed, that can’t afford to pay the health insurance premium. Let’s not punish them.
    Do not eliminate these programs. If you cut tobacco prevention at the CDC level, you are pretty much telling tobacco companies to have at it, I don’t care how many people get addicted. Do you realize how much it will cost our nation for treating the tobacco related illnesses? The same goes for alcohol and other drugs. There should be reconsideration. Please fund these programs. thank you

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    First the plan has not passed, second the goaled to all this is to get people off Medicaid and into jobs that offer insurance. Please do not write articles about what could happen if!!! So tried of hearing all the negative comments about the new budget, new health care plan…….and so on.

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