Politics Trump budget to include billions to combat opioid epidemic

12:56  12 february  2018
12:56  12 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Meanwhile, Trump has provided no new funding to combat the epidemic . According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office, the repeal will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million over Related. Republicans Just Tried to Claim that Medicaid Caused the Opioid Epidemic .

Trump ’s budget cuts could make the core opioid problem worse. The fundamental problem in the opioid crisis is that America needs to put a lot more resources toward drug addiction And Congress in 2016, with Obama’s approval, allocated billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic .

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President Trump's budget will propose billions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing the country, months after the administration designated the crisis a national public health emergency.

The White House's fiscal 2019 budget set to be released Monday will include nearly $17 billion for the opioid epidemic that's killing more Americans per year than car accidents, according to an outline from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Department of Health and Human Services will specifically receive a large chunk of those dollars to expand prevention, treatment, recovery and mental health services - $3 billion for 2018 and $10 billion for 2019, according to the outline.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) yesterday announced a proposal to include billion in additional funding to combat the opioid crisis in the budget In late October, Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

The two-year budget deal Congress passed includes $6 billion over the next two years to help with mental health and opioid addiction. OMB's outline says the president's budget will account for the recent spending caps deal.

In mid-October, Trump declared the epidemic a national public health emergency, a move which the administration extended another 90 days last month.

The money didn't free up millions of more dollars nor did it include a request to Congress for more funding, which has frustrated addiction advocates. They've argued more funding is needed to make the move effective in combating the rising rate of opioid overdose deaths, which increased nearly 28 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Every year, the president releases its budget, but Congress has the power of the purse, and often ignores or changes the White House's asks. Yet, the document serves as a window into the administration's priorities.

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