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Jan. 10, 2020 – “These findings add to the emerging body of evidence that Medicaid expansion under the ACA may be a critical component of state efforts to address the continuing opioid overdose epidemic in the United States,” the study states. The study could provide fodder for Democrats pushing for more states to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
There has been some momentum on that front, including a deal announced Thursday by bipartisan leaders in Kansas to allow the state to expand Medicaid.
Thirteen other states have not expanded Medicaid, with some Republicans objecting to the cost of the program and saying it should not be extended to able-bodied adults who have the ability to work.