#159CalltoAction: Make the Calls to Help with the Opioid Ccrisis
The ACA and Medicaid are essential to addressing substance use disorders and overdose deaths. Both require coverage of essential health benefits such as treatment for mental illness and substance use, ensuring people can access the services and treatment that they need to recover or continue in their recovery. Let's make a few calls to remind our senators of the impact on Georgians battling opioid addictions. #159HealthCare #159NotoTrumpCare #159SaveMedicaid #159SavetheACA
- At a time when we are seeing more than 50,000 deaths per year nationally—more than 1,000 in Georgia each year— from drug overdoses, our communities cannot afford to have access to treatment interrupted or taken away.
- AHCA includes deep cuts to Medicaid, which would cause millions of people to lose health coverage and weaken state initiatives to address addiction, including overdose deaths.
- The threats to coverage and cuts to health services imposed by AHCA would shift costs for treating addiction and other health problems to states and communities, and stretch thin already overburdened social service providers and medical professionals.
- Cuts to Medicaid resulting from AHCA would likely increase the burden on state criminal justice systems. Many people returning to their communities and to the workforce from jails and prisons have untreated mental health and substance use disorders. Without coverage or access to services, many of these individuals could likely end up incarcerated again.
- Sen. Johnny Isakson's number: (202) 224-3643/local office: (770) 661-0999
- Sen. David Perdue's number: (202) 224-3521/local office: (404) 865-0087