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12 Bills to Move #ForwardWithSUPPORT


WASHINGTON, DC – The opioid crisis claims more than 130 lives a day. Congress has responded, but we must do more. There are 12 bills Congress could consider right now to further our efforts to combat this scourge.

The Committee-led SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law one year ago yesterday, which represents largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history.

This week, First Lady Melania Trump held a roundtable discussion to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the SUPPORT Act; Energy and Commerce Republicans highlighted the progress made, and work ahead to combat the opioid crisis; and key provisions of the law continued to be implemented by the Administration.

But just as the SUPPORT Act was not the first Committee-led effort to combat the opioid crisis, it will not be our last. As Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden wrote in a recent op-ed, “as we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the SUPPORT Act, let’s recommit ourselves to the work that lies ahead.”

That’s why Energy and Commerce Republicans highlighted 12 bills that Congress could consider in order to further our efforts to combat the opioid crisis. These bipartisan bills represent a commitment to not allow our progress turn into complacency; a commitment to an all-hands-on-deck approach in the next front of this fight to stem the tide of addiction and save lives.

Here’s what they are saying as we move #ForwardWithSUPPORT

Washington Examiner: Daily on Healthcare: On the one-year anniversary of the opioid bill, looking at what’s next 

By Kimberly Leonard

OPIOID LEGISLATION SIGNED A YEAR AGO TODAY: The president signed legislation to fight the opioid crisis a year ago. Elected officials would like to see the government go even further in offering relief to communities that are struggling.

There were encouraging signs that overdose deaths began falling last year for the first time since 1990, but it’s still too soon to tell whether that represented a blip or a turnaround in overall trends. The death toll was 47,590 in 2018.


Thursday morning, Republican Greg Walden released a list of a dozen bills he’d like to see passed.

They include measures to provide more oversight regarding where prescription drugs are sold and letting certain treatment facilities use telemedicine to help patients.

Walden also wants to give doctors access to more medical records so they can see if a patient is on an opioid or has a history of addiction. There’s a proposed rule to do this through the Trump administration, but Congress could codify it.

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River Bender: Davis Prescription Verification Bill Part of Continued Effort to Fight Opioid Addiction

By Dan Brannan

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that his bill, H.R. 4810, the Opioid Prescription Verification Act, will be part of a larger package of bipartisan bills that Republicans will be pushing to build on last year’s monumental legislation to address the opioid crisis (H.R. 6). Today is the anniversary of H.R. 6 being signed into law.

“The reality of the opioid crisis is staggering. We see the numbers—the lives cut short, the resources spent—and it resonates, but to truly feel the impact of this deadly scourge you need to go to the front lines,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR). “I’ve sat with families, visited with law enforcement, spoken to first responders, and held countless meetings in Washington, D.C., and Oregon, to witness the impact up close. I’ve learned the only way to end this epidemic is block by block, community by community. Rodney Davis is a serious legislator, committed to supporting communities in southern Illinois fight back; his legislation will help those on the front lines—because better prescription drug monitoring data will help track down bad actors and stop “pharmacy shopping”.

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POLITICO Pro Morning eHealth: SUPPORT ACT 2.0? 

By Mohana Ravindranath

It’s been a full year since President Donald Trump signed the wide-ranging opioid package into law, and this week first lady Melania Trump made her first trek to Capitol Hill to talk with lawmakers about the status of the crisis. The SUPPORT Act contained several health technology provisions, including one that gave DEA a hard deadline for promulgating a special registration process for telemedicine prescription of controlled substances, which could make medication-assisted treatment accessible to more patients.

At least one lawmaker says there’s more work to be done. While the Trump administration “has moved pretty expeditiously” on implementing the bill, Walden told Morning eHealth, there’s still an opportunity to re-up many of the provisions that were left out of the final opioid package.

Walden joined this week’s roundtable with Melania Trump. Among measures he hopes to see advance is one that would give providers access to substance use disorder data by aligning it with other HIPAA-protected information; it made it into the House version of the opioid package last year but was dropped from the final bill.

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