WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a fact sheet today on the important role Medicaid plays in fighting the opioid crisis and how TrumpCare would reverse the progress we have made so far. The fact sheet follows last week’s Joint Economic Committee hearing on the economic impacts of the opioid crisis.
Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act has helped 1.3 million people receive treatment for mental and substance abuse, and decreased the unmet need for substance abuse disorders (SUDs) among low-income adults by 18 percent. Yet, TrumpCare would cut about $4.5 billion annually for treatment for mental health disorders and SUDs by ending the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and artificially capping the program.
The fact sheet, “TrumpCare, Medicaid, and the Opioid Crisis,” details why we should focus on helping those with substance use disorders gain access to treatment instead of taking it away.
Click here to view the fact sheet.
For more information, please contact Latoya Veal at Latoya_Veal@jec.senate.gov or 202-224-0379.