By Alison Knopf
As the Senate gets ready to vote on opioid legislation, advocates urge people to contact their members of Congress to call for comprehensive coverage by Medicare for treatment for opioid use disorders. A demonstration project is not needed – we know treatment works. Seniors need it too. The House of Representatives, in H.R. 6, passed a bill calling for full coverage for Opioid Treatment Programs by Medicare. A comprehensive legislative fix – not a demonstration project – is what is needed.
Contact your member of Congress via the Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR) grass roots site: https://www.opioidrecovery.org/actnow/
For the infographic on Medicare coverage in Opioid Treatment Programs, go to: http://cdn.atforum.com/wp-content/uploads/Infographic_Aug-2018-FINAL.pdf
The Hill reported on August 23rd that opioids legislation is likely to come to the Senate floor the week after Labor Day (September 3rd). The article can be accessed at: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/403278-senate-leaders-in-talks-to-wrap-up-august-session
Latest News: Senate set to vote on opioid response package next week – 9/6/18. The Politico article can be accessed at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/06/senate-opioid-response-package-76253
The original article by AT Forum can be accessed at: http://atforum.com/2018/08/opioid-bills-senate-focus-medicare-otps/