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House Health Care Proposal Could Hamper Addiction Treatment

as informed in Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released a report that analyzes the House of Representative’s proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
“Untreated addiction significantly drives up health care costs and drives up costs in other parts of our health and human services system, in our foster care system and other places,” said Michael Botticelli former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and an ACA supporter.
Meanwhile Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters to disregard the congressional report.
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The office projects that the new bill would leave 24 million people uninsured by 2026.

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Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:More reaction now to the Republican proposal on health care and specifically the impact it could have on addiction treatment.
On Congressional support for addiction treatment fundingWe had a tremendous amount of bipartisan support.
Now he’s concerned that the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction.
We have seen what historically has been a bipartisan effort to really use addiction treatment to make sure that we’re not filling our jails and prisons with people.
Some cynics would say when the opioid addiction turned very white, America found a soft spot for addicts.


As it stated in AP Photo/Susan Walsh AP Photo/Susan WalshThe GOP’s proposed health law, the American Health Care Act, has some mental health and addiction treatment advocates worried.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, forced Medicaid plans to cover mental health and addiction treatment just like other physical health conditions.
So Walter says states would likely opt out of providing mental health and addiction treatment.
And the law would not require Medicaid to cover mental health and substance use treatment.
“Nearly one-third of people receiving coverage through Medicaid expansion have mental health or substance use disorders,” she says.

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