Legislative Alert: Opioid Package Signed Into Law

October 25, 2018

On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This is the bipartisan opioid package that the Senate had passed on October 3 and Congress had been working on for most of 2018.

The legislative package contains over 120 separate bills. It contained the first time the federal government will examine how individual states are enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed in 2008. It also made changes to the Medicaid limitation on residential treatment based on the number of beds operated by a facility.

Chairman Walden and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed this historic bill into law.

"Today is about the patients and communities across the country who are suffering from the devastation of opioid addiction. This landmark legislation is the culmination of months of bipartisan work to combat the opioid crisis from every angle. HR 6 brings critical support to the communities most desperately in need, provides new tools and resources for those on the front lines of this crisis, and helps stop the flow of deadly drugs across our borders. Rarely can we say that legislation will save lives, but there is no doubt that H.R. 6 will do just that. While there is more work to be done, we are proud of the important step forward our nation is taking today," said Chairman Walden and Health Subcommittee Chairman Burgess.

BHAP congratulates our members for making your voices heard and encouraging the government to pass HR 6.

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