Thanks to support from thousands of advocates across the country, Shatterproof was able to successfully advocate for several important provisions to be included in the final version of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the SUPPORT Act:
- Improving Coverage for Substance Use Disorder Recovery Expansion Act, to partially lift the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion only if certain criteria are met, including facilities must offer at least two forms of medication assisted treatment (MAT) as well as methadone via an opioid treatment program. The facilities must also adhere to nationally recognized standards of care.
- Medicaid PARTNERSHIP Act, to require Medicaid providers to check their state’s prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing a schedule II controlled substance, like oxycodone.
- Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation demo to test the use of incentive payments for behavioral health providers when they adopt and use certified electronic health record technology.
- Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act, to increase the number of professionals working in the addiction field by creating a program to allow for student loan forgiveness up to $250,000 in exchange for serving as a substance use disorder-related professional for up to six years.
- RESULTS Act, to require SAMHSA to encourage substance use disorder programs to use evidence-based practices.
- STOP Act, to top opioids like fentanyl from into the U.S. from other countries through a loophole in the international mail system.
As implementation of H.R. 6 gets underway in the coming months, the Shatterproof team will be closely monitoring how government agencies act on these priorities via the rulemaking process and other administrative efforts to ensure that the provisions are executed as effectively as possible to maximize their impact on the opioid crisis.
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