Drug users could lose access to treatment if Obamacare is repealed – VICE News
For individuals battling addiction and looking for treatment, affordable health insurance could be the difference between life or death. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), pre-existing conditions like cancer or diabetes could exclude someone from getting health insurance; mental health conditions and addiction treatment was often times limited and in some cases not covered at all. The Affordable Care Act brought parity to health insurance coverage and guaranteed coverage for conditions that were once excluded.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is a hot topic on the political platform and we believe it is important to share information and facts with the public about how the ACA has been a game changer (and life saver) for those individuals seeking treatment for their addiction. HBO aired a segment on Jan. 3, 2017 to discuss how the ACA has impacted Louisville, Kentucky and how the hasty repeal could have negative consequences for those seeking drug treatment. More than 33,000 died in 2015 across the United States due to drug overdoses.