What to know about the opioid crisis
The opioid crisis has led to more than $1 trillion in lost wages, nearly one-third of the population with chronic health conditions and nearly a third of adults without insurance.
And with the economy recovering, some economists and policymakers worry that we may be on the verge of another round of recession.
And the most recent jobs report, from the Labor Department, doesn’t seem to be helping.
Despite a sharp rise in the number of Americans who have been laid off, the unemployment rate, the number that is working or looking for work, is still well below the historic lows of the Great Depression and the 1960s.
The number of people who have given up looking for a job and the number who have dropped out of the labor force have been both higher and longer than at any time in decades, and they continue to be concentrated in the most vulnerable groups of Americans: people of color, those with disabilities, those who have experienced domestic violence.
The numbers tell a story about the country’s economic and social condition, says Jennifer Stetson, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Health Policy Research.
“We have an epidemic that is destroying our nation and it is hurting our most vulnerable,” she says.
“It is hurting the most Americans.”
As much as 50% of the workers who are unemployed are white and the rest are black.
That means many of them are not working because they are looking for new jobs, or they are struggling to find a decent-paying job that pays enough to cover the cost of healthcare, food and transportation.
And for people who are looking to get out of poverty, the recession has caused them to take on even more debt.
It has also put more of their money into mortgages and credit cards, which are often the primary source of income for people with medical or other expenses, as well as other types of credit.
While many are working on lower pay, they are still struggling to keep up with the cost.
Many people who lose their jobs or are laid off because they have a preexisting condition find it harder to find decent-wage jobs.
The Affordable Care Act, which President Trump signed into law on March 23, 2017, was supposed to help those who don’t qualify for federal unemployment insurance, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
But the program is not fully implemented.
It is available to people who receive Medicaid but don’t receive insurance through their job, or Medicaid recipients with incomes up to 138% of poverty.
It provides a federal subsidy to cover about 70% of expenses for people living on $1,060 or less a year, and it pays people who work 30 hours a week or more, or work more than 40 hours a year.
But more than 2 million people enrolled in the program were not able to afford it.
Now, the Department of Labor is warning that many of those people will be facing further cuts in their healthcare coverage, and a new round of cuts to the program could mean that the cost for their care could increase.
The administration is also cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income Americans afford basic foodstuffs.
Many states and cities are also considering measures to reduce funding for Medicaid.
For those who are already low- and moderate-income, the cuts could mean less money for health insurance.
But it could also mean higher prices for those who need help with healthcare costs, such as the sick and disabled, the chronically ill and children, who are also among those most affected by the opioid epidemic.
Some people are already struggling to get insurance.
A large share of the people who got coverage through the Affordable Care to Work Act, or Obamacare, are in the lowest-income brackets.
And because Medicaid is a federal program, its funding is dependent on states.
But many of the states are looking at how to reduce the number and the cost to their programs, including increasing the eligibility age for Medicaid and changing how the federal government pays for the subsidies.
And it’s not just Medicaid, as the Trump administration is working on its own overhaul of Medicaid, or the Affordable Healthcare Act.
The Trump administration also wants to cut funding for the Supplemental Security Income program for low- to moderate-wage workers, and for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is for families with children.
Many are concerned that the opioid surge will lead to another round or at least another recession.
That is the theory that some people in the industry, especially pharmaceutical companies, have put forward.
The industry has been trying to shift its focus from opioid addiction to other health care issues, such to reducing medical costs and reducing prescription drug spending, says Robert Spitzer, a research director at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.
“That’s why I don’t think that they will have to do anything about the opioids, because there’s not enough money to pay for those other things,” he says.
Spitzer says that the industry is trying to do everything they can to avoid paying more for opioid treatment. “There is