At a Wednesday roundtable with addiction recovery advocates and others in the recovery community, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon said states like Maine need more help from the federal government to expand treatment centers, especially for rural areas.

Gideon has previously backed state laws to fund treatment and naloxone distribution and monitor painkiller prescriptions while serving in the Maine State House.

At Wednesday’s roundtable, she said Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act is key to bolstering recovery resources.

“The fact that the Affordable Care Act is now in extreme jeopardy is a major, major problem, and a huge threat to people in recovery, along with that, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and making sure that folks are able to afford that.”

Gideon hopes to unseat Sen. Susan Collins in November.

Collins said she has steered $30 million to Maine to combat the opioid crisis, which she says has helped expand resources for treatment and recovery.

Collins has also authored a law that lets hospice staff dispose of unused painkiller medication when a patient dies.