Opinion: Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire is key to combating opioid crisis

December 09, 2015

In response to an editorial, Democratic Leader of the New Hampshire Senate Jeff Woodburn maintains that Medicaid Expansion the key to combating the opioid crisis in the state. He said New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion program offers insurance coverage for substance abuse benefits to low-income adults and provides a reliable payment stream to cover addiction treatment services. If the program is not renewed, the state risks losing ground in its fight against the crisis and undoing the progress made in strengthening its response. He says the state has providers ready to expand their treatment options, but need the guarantee that funds will be available in order to do so. If Medicaid expansion is renewed, it provides substance abuse treatment and recovery providers with the financial stability to increase the amount of treatment and recovery capacity in our state and greatly increases our ability to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. He says he and his colleagues will continue pushing for a comprehensive and bipartisan legislative package to fight the opioid problem that supports law enforcement, improves prevention, treatment and recovery and strengthens our efforts to help save lives and combat the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. This includes renewing our bipartisan Medicaid expansion program as soon as possible because it is the single most effective way to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. The paper issued a response saying there is no proof expansion has had an effect on the epidemic since the number of drug overdoses has doubled.
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