Governors Say Medicaid Cuts Could Hurt State Efforts to Fight Opioid Crisis

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A bipartisan group of governors says Medicaid cuts could impact states’ efforts to fight the opioid crisis.

“We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think what’s happening with healthcare in Congress right now is affecting this issue,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a recent meeting of the National Governors Association. “We cannot have millions of Americans lose their health coverage and still effectively attack this crisis. We can’t significantly reduce Medicaid spending and still be successful in fighting opioid addiction.”

Governors said many of their residents rely on Medicaid to receive treatment for opioid addiction, Reuters reports. They noted they are focusing much of their efforts on increasing the availability of addiction treatment and requiring doctors to reduce opioid prescriptions.

Call Your Senators: Repealing the Affordable Care Act is Not the Answer

Tell your Senator to protect the Medicaid expansion and Essential Health Benefits so that people with substance use disorder can receive the treatment they need. If Medicaid Expansion is repealed, states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic would be at greatest risk for reductions in coverage.

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