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Frosh Among AGs Asking Trump Not To Cut Drug Treatment Funds

April 22nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. WBAL reports a letter sent Friday by a group of state attorneys general led by Kentucky's Andy Beshear is the latest in a series of actions from Democrats who hold those offices to oppose Trump's policies and actions. It comes a day after Trump touted progress on a "great plan" to overhaul the nation's health care system, saying a deal could come together next week. Many Republican officials are skeptical that action could come so quickly. Trump didn't offer details on the plan. The attorneys general's letter said that a bill that died last month could have eventually cut more than $13 billion a year in treatment funding through a combination of direct cuts and caps on Medicaid. Medicaid changes could have ended coverage for an estimated 24 million people; for many with addictions, the taxpayer funded health insurance program is the only way to pay for treatment. 

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