by Paige Minemyer

Much of the talk at the first meeting of the Trump administration’s commission on opioids centered on a key topic: the American Health Care Act and proposed cuts to Medicaid within the bill.

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis hosted nine different addiction and behavioral health experts at the meeting last Friday, all of whom offered solutions and suggestions to the commission on the opioid epidemic.

In his testimony, Joe Parks, M.D., medical director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, said that Medicaid is the largest payer in the country for addiction and mental health treatment.

“Since the majority of increased opiate deaths and suicide occur in young and middle-aged adults, which is the expansion population, the Medicaid expansions must be maintained and completed,” Parks said.

Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., deputy chairman of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, said in his testimony that 30% of Medicaid patients are being treated for substance abuse or a mental health disorder.


The above is a summary of a big meeting, more information is available online.  I agree with the statement that 30% of Medicaid patients have substance abuse and/or mental health disorders.  It make sense when you consider that these scourges are what keep folks in the lower sociio-economic classes that depend on Medicaid.

Dr. Raymond Oenbrink