“The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily.
The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It incorporates dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers have made a campaign-season priority.
The bill passed Friday encourages states to increase coverage of treatment for substance abuse disorders through Medicaid. Foster youth and former prisoners are among the populations targeted for enhanced coverage of their treatment.
The legislation also seeks to expand the use of medications to treat opioid abuse. It would allow more health care providers to treat patients with a drug that reduces risks of overdoses. It adds methadone clinics to the Medicare program.”
Source: USNews.com – June 22, 2018
See related article: What’s in the House’s bills to address the opioid crisis — and what’s not available at: https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/21/house-bills-opioid-crisis/
See related article: Addiction Medicine Community Applauds Passage of House’s Bipartisan Legislative Package to Combat the Opioid Addiction & Overdose Epidemic available at: https://www.asam.org/advocacy/news/asam-advocacy-blog/2018/06/22/addiction-medicine-community-applauds-passage-of-house-s-bipartisan-legislative-package-to-combat-the-opioid-addiction-overdose-epidemic