May 10, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Secretary Price’s Visit to New Hampshire

Senator Hassan Statement on Secretary Price's Visit to New Hampshire

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's visit to New Hampshire to discuss the ongoing substance misuse crisis:

"While I appreciate Secretary Price's visit to New Hampshire to highlight the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid epidemic devastating our state, there remains a troubling disconnect between the Trump Administration's words and its proposals, which would significantly harm our ability to combat this crisis. The Trumpcare proposal being pushed by Secretary Price would be devastating to those on the front lines of this crisis - from slashing the traditional Medicaid program, to ending New Hampshire's bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan and undermining the requirement that insurance companies cover substance use disorder treatment. I am also deeply concerned by reports that the White House is considering effectively eliminating the office tasked with coordinating the federal government's response to the substance misuse crisis.

"I hope that Secretary Price listened closely and learned from the discussion in which participants largely focused on the importance of Medicaid expansion and the critical role it plays in our efforts to combat substance misuse and save lives."