President Donald Trump is unveiling a new push to combat the opioid crisis on Thursday, declaring a $2 billion “Trump Plan for Prosperity” aimed at providing support to rural communities struggling to find affordable care.
The proposal, a continuation of his Trump Care Act, calls for an increase in Medicaid funding, drug testing and expanded support for people who are uninsured or underinsured.
“We must continue to make sure that those who are suffering from opioid overdoses, who are in crisis, who have nowhere else to turn, can get the help they need,” Trump said in a statement.
“By making this a national priority, the Trump Plan will make it possible for our state and local governments to continue to provide critical services to our most vulnerable citizens.
We will not stop until we have the resources and the commitment to reach those in need.”
Trump said he was also creating a new White House Council on Mental Health to assist with the recovery efforts of the opioid epidemic.
The plan would also allow states to make opioid prescriptions less costly by reducing drug fees and making it easier for patients to get them reduced.
It would also make it easier to get help for people with chronic conditions like arthritis and depression.
The Trump administration also announced it would create a commission to look at how to make the opioid prescription drug coverage more affordable for low-income people.
The White House also announced a $50 million emergency fund for states to help with opioid overdose prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
“The opioid crisis has claimed a tremendous toll on our country, and we cannot allow our communities to become too dependent on a few drugs,” Trump wrote in the announcement.
“This plan will help us keep this promise and make our communities stronger and safer.”
Trump’s announcement came after an emotional White House meeting on the opioid problem that was called by Vice President Mike Pence, where he expressed hope the president will be able to address the crisis.
“The president is a leader on this issue, and he’s done an incredible job leading the way in addressing it,” Pence said.
“He’s been so transparent, so compassionate, so caring.
He is the real deal, and I’m so proud to be his vice president.”
“This president understands that this is not a crisis for a moment.
We’re going to have to get to the bottom of it, and when we do, it’s going to be about the millions of Americans suffering,” Trump added.
Trump said his administration is creating a commission that will look at ways to help people with addiction.
The White House said the commission will help determine if opioid addiction can be reduced with a combination of treatment and medication.
A White House official said the administration is also establishing a $5 million fund to assist states with opioid prescription costs, as well as other drug costs.
“When it comes to our opioid crisis, there’s no question we have to work together,” the official said.
President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Sens.
John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeff Flake, R.-Ariz.
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)The Trump administration’s plan is the latest in a series of proposals the administration has made in the past few months to address this crisis, including a $1.1 billion fund for community health centers to address opioid addiction, a $3.9 billion drug-delivery program for the Veterans Administration, and $500 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
On Thursday, Trump also unveiled a $100 million plan to help states address the opioid-related death toll, saying that in the next year, he would ask Congress to provide $10 billion for treatment and $1 billion for recovery efforts.
More: The opioid crisis is killing Americans, and it’s killing families, Trump said Thursday at the annual Congressional Black Caucus meeting in Washington.
“I’ve been fighting this crisis for four years, and my plan is to get it right,” Trump continued.
“There are people out there that have no idea what’s happening, and they have no clue what to do, and yet they’re dying every day.
And you’ve got to treat it like a pandemic, and you’ve gotta do it quickly.”
President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden, flanked on the left by U:Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizon.) and U:Rep. Joe Barton (R, Texas).
(The White Capitol Office/AP) More recently, the White House announced a plan to expand access to mental health services for veterans, saying the White HOUSE would establish a task force that would develop a new program to provide veterans with mental health care and provide them the resources they need.
According to the statement from the White house, the task force would help vets access the mental health resources they require, including treatment, mental health crisis intervention, crisis management, suicide prevention and suicide prevention referrals.
As part of the plan, the administration