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Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:04 PM

Why Do You Want to Take Away Coverage and Increase Costs for Wisconsinites Struggling with Opioid Ad






06.15.17
Senator Baldwin to Health Secretary Price at Hearing: Why Do You Want to Take Away Coverage and Increase Costs for Wisconsinites Struggling with Opioid Addictio
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https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/press-releases/pricing-hearing-opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today questioned Health Secretary Tom Price at a hearing about partisan health care legislation that would end guaranteed health care protections, force families to pay more for less care, and make it harder to fight the opioid crisis Wisconsin.

The opioid epidemic continues to grow at an alarming pace in Wisconsin. This weekend, during Vice President Pence’s visit to promote health care repeal, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner announced they had responded to 12 probable drug overdoses in the past 72 hours.

“I have traveled across Wisconsin and seen the opioid and heroin epidemic up close, and your legislation will make things worse, not better,” said Senator Baldwin. “If addressing opioids is a top priority, why do you want to take away coverage and increase costs for people struggling with addiction?”

The House-passed legislation would cut and cap Medicaid, dramatically reducing the ability of state and local governments and health care providers to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. The combination of unprecedented cuts to Medicaid, which pays for 25% of all annual drug treatment spending in the United States, and the end of mandatory coverage for substance use disorder treatment as an essential health benefit would severely limit drug treatment for many individuals and drastically weaken the ability of communities to fight back against the opioid crisis.

Senator Baldwin has worked across party lines to increase investments in local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in Wisconsin. She has also held roundtables on the opioid, heroin and illicit drug use epidemic in Green Bay, La Crosse, Wausau, Viroqua, Ashland, Superior, Eau Claire, Arlington, Waukesha and Milwaukee.

Video of Senator Baldwin’s Questions for Health Secretary Price



https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/review-of-the-fy2018-deptartment-of-health-and-human-services-budget-request



Subcommittee Hearing
Review of the FY2018 Deptartment of Health & Human Services Budget Request

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building 138 Presiding: Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)
Agenda

Hearing to review the FY2018 budget request from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Member Statements

Senator Roy Blunt (Republican - Missouri)
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Witnesses

The Honorable Thomas Price
Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/subcommittees/labor-health-and-human-services-education-and-related-agencies

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:09 PM

1. This my Senator....

and I donate to her monthly.....



Keep up the fight Senator Baldwin....resist!

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Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:14 PM

2. Arlington is a Village of about 800 people. I wonder if they meant Appleton. n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:23 PM

3. The WI Rapids/Stevens Point area and their small communities

have been hit hard as well.....too many to name. But I tend to agree, it should have included the Fox Valley.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 06:49 PM

4. Wasn't it Wisconsin, the reason we have Donny 2 scoops?

Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and to a lesser extent, Ohio gave Donnie 2 scoops the electoral victory.

That's the whole reason we have Thomas price and all the problems

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