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In White House Meeting, Shaheen Urges Trump Administration to Follow Through on Promise to Provide Treatment Resources to New Hampshire

**Sen. Shaheen participated in discussion with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Chairman of the President’s commission to combat the opioid crisis, along with a bipartisan group of Senators this afternoon**

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after participating in a meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Chairman of the President’s recently-established commission tasked with recommending policies to address the opioid crisis.

“Today’s meeting was a valuable opportunity to meet with Chairman Christie in the early stages of this new commission and hear this administration’s preliminary approach to the opioid epidemic,” said Shaheen. “During our meeting, I strongly urged Chairman Christie to follow through on President Trump’s promise to New Hampshire to provide urgently needed resources to our communities. I was very clear that the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has been critical to treatment gains for Granite Staters, and that New Hampshire and other states cannot afford repeal of the Medicaid expansion as part of any new healthcare deal. I also urged him to revise the funding formula so that New Hampshire gets a more appropriate share of federal funding through the 21st Century Cures Act. This is a life or death situation for many Granite Staters and this administration has many tools at its disposal to help New Hampshire turn the corner on this crisis. That’s why I remain committed to working with the Trump Administration to finally treat this epidemic like the public health emergency that it is.”