Delaney Applauds the Passage of Nearly 60 Opioid-Related Bills That Expand Coverage and Improve Access to Treatment

Jun 22, 2018
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Over the past two weeks, the House of Representatives passed nearly 60 opioid-related pieces of legislation, including today’s bipartisan package, H.R. 6, Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.”

“With opioid addiction ravaging our nation, I’m glad that we were able to come together and make it easier and more affordable to get treatment,” said Congressman Delaney. “These bipartisan efforts were done the right way, with debate, consideration, and the American people in mind. But even with these very substantial steps, we still have a ton of work to do to end the opioid epidemic and heal our communities.”

The bills passed include provisions to:

  • Expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage of, and access to, Opioid Treatment Programs and Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Expand the type of providers who can prescribe and dispense buprenorphine for substance use disorder
  • Provide or expand coverage for at-risk and foster youth
  • Create better oversight for the manufacturing and distribution for synthetic opioids
  • Stop the proliferation and trafficking of opioids
  • Improve the coordination of care and access to patient-related substance information
  • Ensure funding for local communities to further combat opioid abuse