WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a bill to deal with the opioid crisis Friday and sent it to the Senate. House passes opioid crisis bill 396 to 14 Bill had bipartisan support Senate working on its own version The measure, which passed 396 to 14, is considered the broadest of the bills that have gone through the chamber. The bill is a package of dozens of individual House bills. It includes several reforms, including: Removing restrictions on some anti-addiction medications Requiring health care workers to write electronic prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries so they can better track the drugs Allowing Medicare to cover addiction treatment clinics Increase the maximum number of patients that health care workers can initially treat with medication-assisted treatment Expands programs to help increase detection and monitoring of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids Requires an initial exam of new Medicare enrollees to include an opioid use disorder screening … [Read more...] about House passes opioid crisis bill in bipartisan vote
EVERETT — The front office at Hawthorne Elementary School, built in 1952, was never imagined as a social-service referral hub, drug-counseling center or confessional. But that’s the role it has served for Tiffany Smith over the past two years, as she’s worked to rid herself of heroin addiction while raising three children. Smith, who lives across the street from the school, regularly stops in to chat with the office staff and update Principal Celia O’Connor-Weaver on her progress in treatment. It wasn’t always such a cheery occasion. The first time she ventured inside, Smith, now 31, clutched a sheaf of paperwork from Child Protective Services. She needed to tell the principal that her children — taken into foster care months before — might still get visits from state social workers, even now that the kids were back home. Explaining all of this to O’Connor-Weaver meant describing what had led to the boys’ removal, which meant … [Read more...] about In opioid crisis, schools are on the front lines but slow to get help
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Free Press Staff Published 10:18 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 Vermont will receive $4 million in federal grants to help fight its opioid crisis, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch announced Monday. The money will come through the State Opioid Response Grants program, which aims to address the epidemic by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and helping reduce opioid overdose related deaths. In all, $930 million through 59 grants, is being distributed throughout the United States, according to a news release from Sanders' office. “The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities in Vermont and across the nation," Welch said in a statement. "Our first responders, local law enforcement, health care providers, treatment facilities and service organizations are on the front lines of this public health emergency. But they can’t do it alone. This additional funding will provide them the resources they need … [Read more...] about Vermont to receive $4M from feds to fight opioid crisis
Paige Winfield Cunningham, The Washington Post Published 5:31 am, Monday, June 18, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. The Health 202: Congress tackles Medicaid rule in effort to dent opioid crisis 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - House Republicans consider it one of the most significant proposals of the dozens of bills aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic. Democrats say the policy is racially biased. At issue is an obscure, decades-old rule known as the Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion rule, or "IMD exclusion," prohibiting federal Medicaid reimbursements for inpatient treatment centers with more than 16 beds whose patients are mainly … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Congress tackles Medicaid rule in effort to dent opioid crisis