“Legislation to address the opioid epidemic is advancing in both the House and Senate. The House has passed several bills related to Medicaid and opioids, culminating in the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.
The Senate Finance Committee has advanced the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act, which is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this year. Both the SUPPORT Act and the HEAL Act contain a number of provisions related to Medicaid’s role in helping states provide coverage and services to people who need substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, in addition to Medicare and other health-related provisions. This issue brief summarizes current federal legislative proposals related to Medicaid’s role in the opioid epidemic and identifies issues to watch as final legislation takes shape.”
Source: KFF.org – July 2, 2018
See related article: Opioid fight continues with multiple bills in Congress available at: https://signalscv.com/2018/07/opioid-fight-continues-with-multiple-bills-in-congress/