Advocates for the state’s Medicaid expansion program are highlighting the program’s role in helping to combat the opioid crisis.

Supporters said that without Medicaid expansion, popular and successful programs like county drug courts and Safe Stations would not have the underlying resources to provide help to people struggling with addiction.


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“We give them a shot at treatment 100 percent of the time, but the fact that Medicaid is there for them — every day people come in saying, ‘Chief, I don’t have insurance. What do I do? Can I even access these services?’” Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan said.

The Medicaid expansion bill continues to undergo work in the House Finance Committee and is likely to face a vote on the House floor at the beginning of May.

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