President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence agreed to expand the federal government’s use of private-sector contractors to fight the opioid crisis.
The deal is likely to be the first of its kind, allowing companies to be paid for providing health care and treatment to federal workers, who could be paid more than $10,000 for each patient they treat.
It is likely the first step in a broad effort by the Trump administration to help states and localities to recover from the pandemic, which has killed more than 4,800 Americans since October.
The announcement, announced Wednesday, comes after more than a month of discussions between the White House and congressional leaders, including Sens.
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The pact would also allow states to expand Medicaid coverage and make other necessary reforms to the way Medicaid funds are distributed.
Trump and Pence have long advocated expanding the use of companies to provide healthcare to federal employees, and the administration’s efforts have been led by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
The plan has been heavily criticized by health care groups and lawmakers.
Trump is also likely to face opposition from Republicans in Congress.
A group of Senate Republicans, led by Sens.
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It’s an election year for the GOP, but the GOP doesn’t want to be seen as soft on the opioid problem.
The opioid crisis is affecting Americans who live in rural areas, where the health care system is often weak, while large cities are also struggling to cope.
About 7.7 million people have died of opioid overdoses since the epidemic began in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.