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Medicaid Must Be Part of Solution to Opioid Crisis

May 8, 2019

The President and Congress more than doubled grant funding to address the opioid epidemic between 2017 and 2018 but, while opioid- and overall drug-related death rates didn’t continue rising dramatically as they had over several prior years, 2018 preliminary...

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Congress Should Advance Senate Provision to Provide Housing to People with Substance Use Disorders

September 19, 2018

As the House and Senate negotiate a final package to help communities respond to the opioid epidemic, they should adopt a provision in the Senate package that provides new funding for housing assistance for people in recovery from a substance use disorder. The House version provides for recovery housing, but only by diverting needed funds away from low-income households that are using Housing...

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Meeting Housing Needs of Those with Substance Use Disorders Requires More Money

June 13, 2018

President Trump and Congress have committed billions in new funding to help states and communities address the opioid epidemic and, over the next few weeks, the House is expected to move several bills to help...

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Additional Housing Funding Needed to Better Help People with Substance Use Disorders

May 21, 2018

May 22, 2018: This post has been updated to clarify Rep. Andy Barr’s introduction of legislation that would address the post-treatment needs of people with substance use disorders by adding funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Trump Administration and...

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Washington Waiver Shows How Medicaid Can Support Work

January 11, 2018

Washington State is about to implement its Medicaid waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand services that help beneficiaries with significant physical or behavioral health conditions gain access to housing and employment. That waiver is a positive step forward because it will support work by giving Medicaid beneficiaries more tools to secure...

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Failure to Raise Spending Caps Threatens Mental Health Resources

November 16, 2017

An estimated 25.5 million adults with a mental health condition didn't receive services of any kind in 2016. Yet federal funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG), a key program providing services to adults...


For Utah, Medicaid Expansion Is Better Choice Than Flawed, Limited Waiver

November 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved an amendment to Utah’s section 1115 Medicaid waiver through which the state will provide Medicaid coverage to a small, poorly defined group of adults with no income — but that’s well short...

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Extra Opioid Funding Wouldn’t Undo Senate Health Bill’s Harm

June 30, 2017

Senate Republicans reportedly may add $45 billion over the next decade to their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to address the opioid crisis.  That’s far less than...

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Trump Proposals Would Cripple Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic

June 2, 2017

Even with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price visiting states to learn about the opioid epidemic and President Trump launching a commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, the President is proposing budget cuts and policy changes that...

Trump Budget Would Cut Medicaid by Up to $1.3 Trillion Over Ten Years

Housing Vouchers Work: Providing Supportive Housing for Particularly Vulnerable People

April 4, 2017

This is the next post in our “Housing Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

Combining housing vouchers with health care...

1.2 Million More Supportive Housing Units Needed to Serve Variety of Populations