Like Countable?

Install the App
TRY NOW

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 19th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedApril 24th, 2018

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!

What is it?

This bill would require the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop an action plan for recommending changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs to enhance: (1) the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, and (2) the coverage and reimbursement of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. This action plan would be due by January 1, 2019.

The bill would also require HHS to convene a stakeholder meeting to solicit public comment on the action plan, issue a request for information within three months of the bill’s enactment, submit a report of its actions and findings to Congress by June 1, 2019.


Impact

Opioid epidemic; Medicare; Medicaid; and Health and Human Services.

Cost

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates, based on historical spending patterns for similar activities, that implementing this bill would cost approximately $2 million over the 2019-2023 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced this bill with Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) to ensure the creation of policies to address the opioid abuse crisis at the coverage, reimbursement, treatment, and information provision level. Rep. Kinzinger said of the bill:

“For far too long, we have employed a ‘one size fits all’ method for treating pain and substance abuse disorder. We must have other options and in the 21st Century, we should be encouraging innovation and push the boundaries of our medical advances.  As we continue to face this devastating opioid epidemic, both Medicaid and Medicare are on the front lines and it’s critical that our policies are working towards the prevention of opioid abuse while still providing the care that patients need… I look forward to working towards putting an end to the opioid abuse crisis and creating a system that is flexible, adaptable, and focused on preventing and treating addiction.”

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) supports this bill. BIO’s President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, said:

“As the largest payer of healthcare services in the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the ability to lead by example in developing policies that improve timely patient access to the most effective treatments for pain and addiction, as well as helping to stimulate research and investment in novel treatments to better meet patients’ needs. Specific and targeted updates to coverage and reimbursement policies impacting the Medicare and Medicaid programs will drive appropriate coverage of novel pain and addiction treatment across the United States. By directing CMS to develop an Opioid Action Plan, this Act would help accomplish this critical goal.”

This bill has six cosponsors, including two Democrats and four Republicans. There is a companion to this bill in the Senate, S. 2769, sponsored by Dean Heller (R-NV).


Of Note: The opioid epidemic impact is tremendous: in 2016, an average of over 115 across the country died of overdoses each day, adding up to 42,249 people dying from overdoses. That same year, HHS estimates that a total of 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids. In total, the epidemic carried a $504 billion economic cost.

In 2017, HHS declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency and announced a 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis with five specific strategies for HHS to execute against:

  • Improving access to treatment and recovery services;

  • Promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs;

  • Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance;

  • Providing support for cutting edge research on pain and addiction; and

  • Advancing better practices for pain management


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: DNY59 / iStock)

AKA

Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for an action plan on recommendations for changes under Medicare and Medicaid to prevent opioids addictions and enhance access to medication-assisted treatment, and for other purposes.

    Universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave. Legalize marijuana and use it to help treat opioid addiction.
    Like (59)
    Follow
    Share
    This is a health issue, not a government issue. Where in Constitution is the power for medical treatment?
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    An action plan is definitely needed. Any action plan will only work if it uses an integrated co-occurring model that provides time-unlimited treatment, addressing both mental health and chemical health problems simultaneously with the same team using the same tools. The model for this type of treatment has been developed, tested, and proven to work better than anything that has gone before. Start by talking to the people at Dartmouth, then Minnesota and Ohio where it’s been further developed and actually being used.
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    (Step one:) Legalize cannabis. (Step two:) Heavily restrict opioid prescriptions and recommend cannabis with high CBD to THC ratios like Harlequin with a 5:1 avg CBD output. (Step three:) Bitch about it because you think weed smokers make baby Jesus cry and try to get people addicted to opioids again because Endo and Allegran cut you a fat check you received on the floor of the house while voting on opioid restrictions.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) was ask to develop an action plan for recommending changes? Obamacare (ACA) address this, but trump and the republicans party have been trying to get rid of and defund it! Opioids may fall under a pre-existing condition? Leave it out of Medicare and Medicaid, fund ACA (Obamacare)!
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Yea and nay, but it’s nuts because there isn’t one size fits all with this issue. Doctors will get so paranoid about using this medicine for real pain that those who need it will suffer waiting for it because of the stigma that morphine and drugs like it have. But anyways spelling out a action plan is what I want to hear.
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    Making the Dept. of Health create an action plan for Medicare and Medicaid is just delaying the inevitable need for restructuring the program.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    I am avidly against bureaucracies invested with power to present and obtain their agendas. What is being ignored are the thousands of Americans who suffer from legitimately diagnosed diseases and or physical trauma of which the pain meds are being denied access to via prosecution of physicians who prescribes these meds. I am a Viet Nam Era Veteran who suffers from a diagnosed disease and pain meds are critical for me living a somewhat decent life. Thousands of people are now suffering because of government intervention by extracting all pain meds from legitimately diagnosed individuals.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    And that action plan should include aggressive countermeasures against the primary cause of all addictions: POVERTY!
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    Not that isn't enough. Stop smoking campaign included education, starting with young children. With DeVoss support for charter schools, this will be much harder to coordinate but necessary
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    No big pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for the cost.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    Efficiency through centralization not only saves money, but can allow us to maximize the return on what we the people invest in, in this case delivery of services to help we the people. Still, prevention is always the best medicine and we need more funding for PUBLIC schools for early and truthful education about what drugs do to our health, which includes the good and the bad, aka ALL the facts. Things are far more complicated than people seem capable of understanding and there are many things at play, including the fact that people use various substances to try to relieve the unreasonable stress people are placed under living in a country where working full time is not perceived as working hard enough just to make ends meet, which is inhumane & illogical.
    Like (2)
    Follow
    Share
    WTH of course HHS needs s plan for immigrants!Typical Trump and cronies don’t have a clue
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Help HHS get an opioid plan up and running, please!
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Of course we need an action plan for opioid addiction, but what we need even more is to free our DEA people to be able to go after big Pharma companies who are responsible for flooding our country with these addictive drugs!!!
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    It would be rewarding to see something positive from HHS.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    The government needs to stay out of our healthcare and leave these type of decisions to the doctors who are licensed and trained to treat their patients appropriately. This subject is very misreported and there are huge agendas. Hysteria and an illogical emotional response is being trained into people by key words such as “opioid epidemic” so instead of using logic everyone is knee-jerk reacting to rhetoric.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    I thought Jarred was appointed by DJT to fix this. HHS may be a better option.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    The fat cats created it, now they must contribute to the rehabilitation of each individual.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    Opiate Addiction is not a Federal problem, therefore, stay out of it. Maybe a state issue, but in reality, it's a personal problem. This issue is being pushed by organizations seeking the Federal Dollar. Most of the opiate rehab facilities offer little actual addiction help-failure is high.
    Like (1)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE