VESTAL, N.Y. -- Professors, healthcare providers and insurance agencies gather at Binghamton University to discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act.

It's a part of the Binghamton Symposium on Health Care Management and Policy. This year, there was a panel dedicated specifically to opioid addiction health care.

Professionals discussed the challenges the state faces when it comes to funding treatment and the dangers that could come with a repeal of the ACA. Health insurance directors say a lack of federal funding has made it difficult for addicts to get help.

"I think what most people would tell you is there are lots of people out there that want to get treatment for this disease. It's a disease that often takes more than once to get a cure and there are shortages of providers and resources to treat the disease," said United Hospital Fund Health Insurance Project Director Peter Newell.

The symposium also focused on hospital care and private insurance options.