Ottawa Times: Congressman's opioid resolution passes House
Measure makes Medicare, Medicaid more flexible for treatment
The House of Representatives passed by voice vote Tuesday a plan U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger hopes will make Medicare and Medicaid policies more adaptable to innovative treatment for pain that would normally require opioid prescriptions and provide alternative solutions for treatment of substance abuse disorders.The House of Representatives passed by voice vote Tuesday a plan U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger hopes will make Medicare and Medicaid policies more adaptable to innovative treatment for pain that would normally require opioid prescriptions and provide alternative solutions for treatment of substance abuse disorders.
House Resolution 5590 directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop an Opioid Addiction Action Plan by Jan. 1. This plan, which will include public input as well as the input and expertise of the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, will specifically address ways in which Medicare and Medicaid can better address the opioid crisis, according to a press statement released by Kinzinger.
Kinzinger introduced the measure with colleagues Yvette Clarke, D-NY, Danny Davis, D-Chicago, and Darin LaHood, R-Peoria.
“Communities across the country are feeling the devastation of addiction, as the opioid drug epidemic plagues our neighbors, family, friends,” Kinzinger said in a press statement. “The House has passed several pieces of legislation to combat this crisis and continues to push for solutions that will allow for better treatment, increased training for emergency personnel, and prevention methods to stop addiction before it starts.”
Kinzinger said the House has passed more than 40 bills to fight against the opioid crisis in the last week.
“I’m proud to see my bill, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan, pass through the House,” the congressman said. “This bipartisan measure is needed to make Medicare and Medicaid more flexible, adaptable, and focused on preventing and treating addiction.
“Over the years, I have heard from constituents, medical experts, individuals struggling with addiction, emergency personnel, and others who are deeply affected by addiction. I’m grateful to each of them for sharing their stories and providing invaluable input on how best to combat this opioid epidemic.”
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