"Much of the talk at the first meeting of the Trump administration’s commission on opioids centered on a key topic: the American Health Care Act and proposed cuts to Medicaid within the bill.

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis hosted nine different addiction and behavioral health experts at the meeting last Friday, all of whom offered solutions and suggestions to the commission on the opioid epidemic.

In his testimony, Joe Parks, M.D., medical director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, said that Medicaid is the largest payer in the country for addiction and mental health treatment.

“Since the majority of increased opiate deaths and suicide occur in young and middle-aged adults, which is the expansion population, the Medicaid expansions must be maintained and completed,” Parks said."

WE'RE ABLE TO FOCUS ON EVIDENE-BASED CARE. THIS WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION. 

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