WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 28, 2017 – In response to the failed vote this morning to pass the Senate’s “skinny” healthcare repeal bill, Addiction Policy Forum President and CEO, Jessica Hulsey Nickel released the following statement:
It doesn't matter where you stand on the ACA or individual components, any repeal effort in the midst of a worsening opioid epidemic puts millions of lives at risk. Those of us personally impacted by addiction are grateful to Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for objecting to the hastily crafted 'Skinny Repeal', which did not include options for drug treatment.
ACA has started the process of integrating the treatment of substance use disorder into healthcare, provides Medicaid coverage for the most vulnerable, and requires insurance coverage for addiction. You don't take away flu vaccines in the middle of a flu epidemic; just like you don't dismantle our entire system of care in the middle of a heroin and prescription drug crisis. We are grateful to these three Senators for their thoughtfulness and commitment to legislating.