“In New England, 133,000 people are abusing or dependent on prescription drugs or heroin, while 70 percent of them need treatment but aren’t current receiving it. To address this urgent need for addiction treatment and recovery services in communities in Massachusetts and around the country, Senator Markey today introduced new legislation to vastly expand the funding and resources needed to treat patients addicted to prescription drugs and heroin. The Treatment and Recovery Investment Act increases funding for states so they can better assist individuals with substance use disorders, including pregnant or parenting women and adolescents.
The second piece of legislation, the Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release Act, will prohibit states from terminating an inmates’ Medicaid coverage while they are incarcerated, a practice that often prevents individuals from accessing treatment in the critical days and weeks after release. Finally, Senator Markey joined with the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs ranking member Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs ranking member Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) to call on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the availability of addiction treatment services and the overuse of opioid painkillers in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system.”
Source: PoliticalNews.me – May 23, 2015