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Report Finds 2.8 Million People with Substance Use Disorder Would Lose Access to Treatment with ACA Repeal

Two new reports revealed the number of people with substance use disorder (“SUDs”) that could potentially lose care if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is repealed. The first report from researchers at Harvard Medical School and New York University found that the ACA’s repeal could increase the opioid treatment gap by 50 percent. The new analysis also found that if there is no complete replacement law that covers the health care needs of people with SUDs, the number of people with SUDs that would not get treatment would increase by 220,000—to about 640,000 total. The second report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that a potential ACA repeal would mean that states likely to see the biggest losses in insurance coverage are also those states hit hardest by the opioid overdose epidemic. Read the full story here.

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