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Subcategories from this category: Opioid Crisis
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What is Really Needed to End Opioid Addiction

by Kate Kelley, Monarch Housing

John O’Brien, who directs the Technical Assistance Collaborative's (TAC) work on substance use disorders writes, “The Trump administration’s interest in addressing the opioid epidemic is heartening, and last week’s proclamation is a welcome acknowledgment that opioid addiction and overdoses do indeed constitute a major public health crisis in our nation.”

O’Brien point out that in fact, billions of dollars are needed to end opioid addiction in the United States. “… There has at least been the promise of statutory and regulatory relief – with a particular focus on allowing states to waive the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion. This 52-year-old statute bars Medicaid payments for mental health and addiction treatment provided to individuals in large treatment facilities, and some advocates assert that waiving it will allow Medicaid funds to flow for thousands of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment beds that currently lie empty.”

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John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2017

New Jersey would be hit hard by the elimination of a federal deduction for state and local taxes, but bipartisan opposition is growing to any such change

The Trump administration’s recent tax-reform proposals have a key provision that would hit blue states particularly hard — the elimination of a federal deduction for state and local taxes. But while the GOP-dominated Congress might not need Democratic votes to get the provision passed, it does need the support of Republicans, some of whom — including U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) — have stepped up in opposition.

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By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Trump's Budget Cuts Deeply into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to unveil on Tuesday a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 that would cut deeply into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments, laying out an austere vision for reordering the nation’s priorities.

The document, grandly titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” encapsulates much of the “America first” message that powered Mr. Trump’s campaign. It calls for an increase in military spending of 10 percent and spending more than $2.6 billion for border security — including $1.6 billion to begin work on a wall on the border with Mexico — as well as huge tax reductions and an improbable promise of 3 percent economic growth.  

The wildly optimistic projections balance Mr. Trump’s budget, at least on paper, even though the proposal makes no changes to Social Security's retirement program or Medicare, the two largest drivers of the nation’s debt.

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