How the AHCA / “TrumpCare” destroys protections for mental health care and opioid addiction treatment, prevention and assistance! Another Trump broken promise!
The Republican bill would decrease access for millions, and in the process dismantle the tools used to fight substance.
The middle of an unprecedented nationwide opioid epidemic might seem like a strange time to slash public funding for substance abuse, but that’s exactly what Republicans intend to do.
Medicaid is the single largest source of funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States, and the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the program to low-income adults was the first time there was some semblance of a national structure for treating mental health and substance abuse issues. Many people with severe substance abuse and mental-health issues also have low or no incomes or are homeless, and before the ACA were often ineligible for public insurance through Medicaid.
And now Trump and the Republicans want to take all of that away, despite the president’s campaign promises to not touch Medicaid. He also promised to help the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have addictions problems all across our country.