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Evaluating the impact of Affordable Care Act repeal on America's opioid epidemic

Universal healthcare coverage is becoming a global gold standard, but remains under scrutiny and threat in the United States. Recent congressional proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act have included reductions to Medicaid, which provides health insurance to 74 million U.S. residents with low income or disability. In this month's Editorial, MGH Professor of Psychiatry and PLOS Medicine Editorial Board member Alexander C. Tsai and Health Commissioner of the City of Baltimore Leana S. Wen discuss why the U.S. needs Medicaid to address its epidemic of opioid abuse.

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