House Continues Work to Address Opioid Epidemic
This week, Congress continued efforts to combat opioid abuse in the nation. Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) was appointed to the bipartisan House and Senate Conference Committee to represent the House.
On Wednesday, House and Senate opioid conferees met to review legislative text to address the issue. 200 leading advocates support the efforts of the conferees and expressed, “This bill is the critical response we need.”
Watch Congressman Gus Bilirakis’s opening statement here:
Read the Committee’s report here.
On Friday, the House overwhelmingly approved the Conference Report to Accompany S. 524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, to bring about meaningful reforms in the mental health care system.
Watch Congressman Gus Bilirakis’s remarks on the House Floor here:
This legislation works to combat the opioid epidemic from every angle through specific, targeted solutions. Congressman Bilirakis introduced and worked on many important provisions in this legislation including measures to:
- Prevent prescription drug abuse under Medicare parts C and D;
- Exclude abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription drugs from the Medicaid additional rebate requirement for new formulations of prescription drugs;
- Limit disclosure of predictive modeling and other analytics technologies to identify and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse;
- Help improve VA opioid safety, and provide Veterans with safe, personalized care (the PROMISE Act)
- Implement complementary and integrative healthcare for Veterans (the COVER Act)
- Require a GAO report on neonatal abstinence syndrome;
- Require the HHS to report on the requirements and best practices relating to safe care for infants born affected by illegal substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; and
- Establish or expand the Veterans Treatment Courts programs to further help our Veterans.
“This bipartisan legislation will help our heroes, and all those in our nation struggling with opioid abuse and addiction,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “We in Congress understand the urgency of this matter, and we will continue working tirelessly to get this done for the millions who suffer.”
More on the Congressman’s work to address opioid abuse here.