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Few things are more complicated than health care policy, but if Republicans in Congress succeed in rolling back the expansion of Medicaid, Colleen Hughes says the outcome on people with drug addictions is easy to predict.
“I believe more people would die because they can’t access treatment,” said Ms. Hughes, executive director of the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission. Westmoreland County had 174 overdose deaths last year, she said, and if federal funding is cut, “there wouldn’t be the money available from the state to make up the difference.”
Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voiced similar concerns during a Tuesday teleconference, warning about Republican plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s 2009 health care overhaul, which included the Medicaid expansion.
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