House Advances Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Friday voted for H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which is a culmination of over 60 bills passed by the House over the past 2 weeks to combat the opioid crisis. H.R. 6 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate.
"Bipartisan legislation, like H.R. 6, is moving through Congress to address a very real problem impacting our communities," Davis said. "Some of these bills may seem minor but each one addresses part of a very large and complex problem facing our communities. One of the bills we passed corrects an issue that I’ve heard about time and time again from mental health providers in the 13th District. Passing H.R. 5797, the IMD CARE Act, into law will help ensure those struggling with addiction will get treatment and not be turned away because of a technicality with Medicaid. Together these bills and others passed by Congress, will help confront this epidemic at all angles. I look forward to working with the Senate and the administration to help this legislation get across the finish line."
Davis has held numerous roundtables in the district asking first responders, law enforcement, and health care experts on what they need from the federal government to help address this issue locally. One issue that is commonly brought up is the barrier to inpatient mental health treatment for Medicaid recipients suffering from opioid use disorders.
H.R. 5797, IMD CARE Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), would temporarily allow states to apply to receive federal Medicaid payment for services provided in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) and for other medically necessary services for enrollees (aged 21 to 64) with opioid use disorders. Current law generally prohibits federal payment under Medicaid for services provided in IMDs for individuals under the age of 65 and for facilities with more than 16 beds.
Legislation passed over the last two weeks build on the $4 billion in funding that was included in the omnibus earlier this year and also changes made last Congress with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and 21st Century Cures Act.
Other Legislative Highlights
H.R. 5009, Jessie’s Law, authored by U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), will ensure medical professionals have access to a consenting patient’s complete health history when making treatment decisions by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and disseminate best practices regarding the prominent display of substance use disorder (SUD) history in patient records of patients who have previously provided this information to a health care provider.
H.R. 5202, Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatments Act of 2018, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) will update Federal law to improve dispensing of implantable and injectable therapies developed to make abuse, misuse, and diversion more difficult.
H.R. 5788, the STOP Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), prevents the flow of fentanyl through international mail.
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