Hassan gives first speech, discusses addiction and Trumpcare

Mar 17, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

On Wednesday, March 15 New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan delivered her first speech on the floor of the Senate. 

Hassan’s speech focused on the importance of federal funding to help combat substance abuse in New Hampshire.  In particular, she criticized so-called “Trumpcare,” the proposed Affordable Care Act replacement, for its changes to Medicaid.

The bill would end the federal mandate that Medicaid cover substance abuse treatment, and would roll back federal reimbursement for the program.

“Make no mistake – this legislation would end Medicaid expansion, which experts have said is the most important tool available to fight the substance use crisis,” said Hassan

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has also expressed concerns about the federal bill.

“The bill that's been proposed in Congress gives us concerns on a lot of different levels," said Sununu. "Expanded Medicaid is part of that discussion. There's no doubt expanded Medicaid has provided [drug] recovery, treatment options for a lot of folks that otherwise may not have had that option available.” 

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act replacement, called the American Health Care Act, argue that states could still require insurers and Medicaid cover substance abuse treatment.  The point is that states will have more flexibility to structure Medicaid to best meet their unique needs.

In his recent speech to Congress, President Donald Trump also said, “we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.”  There are other bills in Congress that would provide additional funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention.

Do you believe President Trump’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act will negatively impact substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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