WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted the Senate’s draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, citing its elimination of the Medicaid expansion and additional cuts to Medicaid – one of the most important funding supports for the treatment of opioid addiction in Ohio.
“This bill takes away the number one tool we have in the fight against opioids – Medicaid treatment. We cannot allow Washington to rip the rug out from under Ohio communities,” Brown said. “Instead of raising prices on people over 50 and working families, we should be working together to lower costs, fight the opioid epidemic and make healthcare work better for everyone.”
The bill would not only take away coverage for addiction treatment, but it also does nothing to lower costs for Ohioans struggling to afford their premiums or prescription drug costs.
The House bill the Senate used as the basis for its replacement bill would cause premiums to go up an average of about 20 percent next year.