On August 4, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT) announced the introduction of the Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act, H.R. 5339. The bill will eliminate some of the barriers to accessing in-patientrehabilitation treatment for opioid abuse. Deaths caused by opioid abuse, particularly from heroin, have risen significantly in Connecticut over the last year.
The Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act directs the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to award state grants to states to expand access to inpatient treatment. Currently, many insurance providers require patients to exhaust cheaper but perhaps less effective treatments, like outpatient treatment or counseling, before being eligible for inpatient care. It also enables qualified individuals to receive up to 60 consecutive days of treatment under this grant program.”
Source: EstyHouse.Gov – August 4, 2014