ACT NOW - Help Stop Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act!

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NCADD is joining with Community Catalyst and several other organizations in trying to stop the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Please see below for specific actions you can take to ensure that access to health care is not taken from the population we serve. We urge you to add a new tactic – emailed personal letters -- as we fight to beat back Graham-Cassidy-Heller, the most harmful GOP health care repeal plan we’ve seen yet. The bill continues to gain momentum and we have less than a week left to stop it! We need to keep up the fight to protect life-saving addiction services and supports for millions of Americans. Graham-Cassidy-Heller will be discussed at a Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Monday, and Democrat committee members want to visibly demonstrate public opposition with a huge stack of letters. We urge you to email letters to the committee...
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Addiction Experts Warn Republican Health Care Plan Will Deepen Opioid Crisis

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The Republican health care plan, which would roll back the Affordable Care Act and reduce or terminate health coverage for millions of Americans, will deepen the nation’s opioid crisis, addiction experts tell the Los Angeles Times . “It would essentially write off a generation,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, President of BrightView Health, a network of drug treatment clinics in Cincinnati. “It would be catastrophic.” The House health care plan passed in April cut more than $800 billion in federal aid to state Medicaid programs, which cover many Americans with substance use disorders. The Senate plan also includes major Medicaid cutbacks, the article notes. The White House budget calls for an additional $600 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade.
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Addiction Treatment Mandate Would be Dropped Under Republican Healthcare Plan

Addiction Treatment Mandate Would be Dropped Under Republican Healthcare Plan
The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would eliminate a requirement that Medicaid cover basic addiction and mental health services in states that expanded the government healthcare program, The Washington Post reports. Almost 1.3 million people receive treatment for addiction and mental health disorders under Medicaid expansion. Under the proposed plan, states that expanded Medicaid would be allowed to decide whether to include addiction and mental health services starting in 2020. Many states that could eliminate these services include ones hardest hit by the opioid crisis, including Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, the article notes. “Taken as a whole, it is a major retreat from the effort to save lives in the opiate epidemic,” said Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Repealing ACA Would Hurt Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis: Botticelli

Repealing ACA Would Hurt Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis: Botticelli
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would roll back any progress made against combating the nation’s opioid crisis, according to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Obama. While he headed ONDCP, Botticelli argued that the opioid epidemic should be dealt with through treatment, not arrests, The Huffington Post reports. “I think there is a tremendous amount of fear that we are going to retreat from all of the science and evidence that we know to be true about addiction,” Botticelli told The Huffington Post shortly before his last day at ONDCP. “Our response to this opioid epidemic has largely been focusing on ‘How do we narrow that treatment gap?’” he said. “And certainly one of the biggest contributors to narrowing that treatment gap is making sure that people get insurance coverage and have adequate insurance coverage for substance use disorders......
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ACA Repeal Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment

ACA Repeal Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment
People with addiction and mental health disorders and their treatment providers are worried that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could reduce insurance coverage for these disorders, USA Today reports. Almost 30 percent of people who received coverage through the ACA’s Medicaid expansion have a mental disorder or a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Partially repealing ACA would do away with Medicaid expansion, and would most likely replace it with block grants that would require states to make cuts in what is covered, how much is spent and how many people can receive coverage. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a Democrat, said President-Elect Trump “pledged to take on this crisis, not immediately make matters much worse. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement is highly reckless and will come at a high cost for people struggling with substance use disorders.”...
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