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CHA Urges Support of Two Bills Addressing Opioid Crisis

Today, CHA sent a letter to the California congressional delegation urging support of two bills that would address the opioid crisis and ensure patients have access to the treatments they need.

H.R. 5797 — known as the Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Delivery Act — would allow states to provide Medicaid services to individuals in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) who have opioid use disorders. Under current law, states are prohibited from receiving federal matching funds for Medicaid patients aged 21 through 64 who receive inpatient treatment in facilities qualified as IMDs, unless the IMD has fewer than 16 inpatient beds. This bill would authorize federal Medicaid matching funds for IMDs to provide eligible recipients up to 30 days of inpatient opioid abuse treatment over a 12-month period, through 2023.

H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, would allow health care providers to share substance use disorder patient information with each other to foster safe, effective and high-quality patient care. This bill would allow providers to share information with each other as permitted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, facilitating health integration and electronic information exchange while continuing to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorders.