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Obamacare’s insurance expansion isn’t enough for the opioid epidemic
One of the touted benefits of Obamacare, particularly in the midst of the opioid epidemic, is it can link drug users to insurance needed to pay for potentially life-saving addiction treatment. The study, conducted by researchers Johanna Catherine Maclean and Brendan Saloner and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, tells a mixed story about Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Obamacare allowed states to expand their Medicaid programs to include anyone whose income is up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, with the federal government paying for at least 90 percent of the costs starting in 2014. Read more
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