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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is disappointed with President Trump's decision to end health insurance subsidies for Americans who rely on these funds to afford care, including treatment for substance use disorders. For many Americans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked the first time they had access to affordable substance use disorder treatment services. If we have any chance of curbing opioid overdose deaths, we need to break down barriers to care – not build them.
The Council urges Congress to act and fund these subsidies. In the midst of the worst drug crisis the country ever has seen, cutting financial assistance for approximately 7 million Americans is potentially catastrophic. Addiction is a disease that requires ongoing medical attention – not a decision, as has been the historical depiction. Failing to treat it as such breaks the promise to which everyone seeking medical care is entitled: First, do no harm.
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