The GOP bill would also eliminate a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that Medicaid cover basic mental-health and addiction services in states that expanded the federal-state health insurance program for the poor.
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The measure, which would take effect in 2020, could have grave raminfications for states like Ohio, where the number of people dying from heroin and other opioid overdoses is skyrocketing.
“Medicaid is the biggest insurer in the state, covering a quarter of Ohioans, 3 million people,” said Policy Matters’ Wendy Patton. “The people of Ohio have been helped by the Affordable Care Act. Too many would be hurt by its repeal and the restructuring of Medicaid under the new Republican plan.”
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