Repealing the ACA will hurt Manchester’s efforts to curtail substance misuse
June 23, 2017
MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Joyce Craig, candidate for Mayor of Manchester, traveled to Concord following a meeting at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester to voice her opposition to Trumpcare at the Emergency Field Hearing on Healthcare Repeal.
“It is extremely important that Congress and the President understand that repealing the Affordable Care Act will hurt millions of Americans, including thousands of Granite Staters in Manchester,” said Craig. “The ACA protects Manchester’s seniors and veterans and provides critical tools to combat the opioid crisis. Manchester has so much potential, but if we are unable to address challenges like substance misuse due to cuts in Medicaid, we will be unable to move Manchester forward.”
Joyce’s full comment is below:
I want to thank Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan for holding this hearing on this extremely important topic and for standing up for New Hampshire every day in Washington.
My name is Joyce Craig. I’m a resident of Manchester, former alderman, and mother of three, and I’m here to share my strong opposition to the president’s health care plan, which, if enacted, would be enormously harmful to Manchester seniors, veterans and those battling substance abuse.
I was just at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester to discuss the opioid crisis. I heard directly from medical professionals that Medicaid expansion is a critical component in their efforts to educate providers and patients on the dangers of opioids, and treat patients suffering from addiction
This bill would end Medicaid expansion and make devastating cuts to Medicaid that Manchester relies on to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. If Medicaid expansion is lost, Manchester, and cities and towns across New Hampshire, will lose one of the most effective tools we have to curb substance misuse.
In addition, Trumpcare threatens to remove the requirement that insurance companies must cover addiction and mental health services. This cuts off another critical source of funding for substance misuse programs.
Manchester needs a comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis that includes expanded Medicaid. Manchester has so much potential, but if we are unable to address challenges such as substance misuse due to cuts in Medicaid, we will be unable to move Manchester forward.
Thank you again for holding this hearing and your support for Manchester and New Hampshire residents.