October 24, 2018


Newton, MA – As President Donald Trump congratulated himself on a “year of historic progress to combat the opioid crisis,” Congressman Joe Kennedy III today criticized his Administration’s attacks on Americans’ access to behavioral health care. Kennedy has been an outspoken opponent of the President’s efforts to repeal the ACA, erode preexisting condition protections, gut Medicaid, and weaken essential health benefits.

“Opioid addiction is a preexisting condition, its treatment is an essential health benefit, and nearly 40% of adults in need of that care have coverage under Medicaid. Nonetheless, President Trump and his Department of Justice are in the Texas courts as we speak trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act and gut the very protections and programs currently helping those suffering from substance use disorder get and stay healthy. As more than 100 American families mourn the loss of a loved one to an opioid overdose every single day, President Trump’s self-congratulation is as hollow as his record on stepping up for patients in need.”

Congressman Kennedy has called for a national mental health study to determine how much the United States spends annually on addiction-fighting costs outside of the health care system. As a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, he has been a leading voice in Congress fighting to end the stigma of substance use disorder, guarantee behavioral health care parity, and reject President Trump’s attempts to repeal the ACA.


For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2018 

Dan Black (202) 225-5931