June 21 2018|Publication: eNews Update

The House of Representatives this week approved 20 bills to address the opioid crisis, including five supported by the American Hospital Association (AHA). These include H.R. 5797, which expands Medicaid treatment coverage and H.R. 6082, which allows health care providers to responsibly share substance use disorder treatment information. The House also approved legislation requiring state Children’s Health Insurance Programs to cover mental health benefits (H.R. 3192); require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish an action plan to address the opioid crisis (H.R. 5590); and require CMS to award grants to curb outlier opioid prescribers under the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans (H.R. 5796). (AHA News story, 6/20/18)