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Opioids & Addiction Treatment
Protecting Jessica Grubb's Legacy Act (S. 1012) - Senator Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 2482) - Rep. Tonko (D-NY) introduced a bill which would eliminate the separate registration requirement for dispensing narcotic drugs in schedule III, IV, or V (such as buprenorphine) for maintenance or detoxification treatment. The bill also provides for a national education campaign to encourage practitioners to integrate substance use treatment into their practices and include education on publicly available educational resources and training modules that can assist practitioners in treating patients with a substance use disorder.
Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act of 2019 (S. 1365/H.R. 2569) - Sen. Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Rep. Cummings (D-NY) in the House introduced a bill that would provide emergency and financial assistance to areas impacted by the opioid crisis and provide for the development, organization, coordination, and operation of more effective and cost efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with substance use disorder and their families.
Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 (H.R. 2439) - Rep. Schneider (D-IL), along with seven cosponsors, introduced a bill to provide for the distribution of 1,000 additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis.
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Legislation of Interest
Thousands of bills focusing on issues relating to state medical boards and the practice of medicine have been introduced during the 2019 legislative session. Below are some of the bills that have been enacted into law this year.
Continuing Medical Education
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
Board Structure & Function
The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to make sure no individual or group will have too much power:
Each branch of government can change acts of the other branches:
This ability of each branch to respond to the actions of the other branches is called the system of checks and balances.
The legislative branch drafts proposed laws, confirms or rejects presidential nominations for heads of federal agencies, federal judges, and the Supreme Court, and has the authority to declare war. This branch includes Congress (the Senate and House of Representatives) and special agencies and offices that provide support services to Congress. American citizens have the right to vote for Senators and Representatives through free, confidential ballots.
The executive branch carries out and enforces laws. It includes the president, vice president, the Cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies, and other boards, commissions, and committees.
American citizens have the right to vote for the president and vice president through free, confidential ballots.
Key roles of the executive branch include:
Much of the work in the executive branch is done by federal agencies, departments, committees, and other groups.
The judicial branch interprets the meaning of laws, applies laws to individual cases, and decides if laws violate the Constitution. It's comprised of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Appointments for Supreme Court Justices and other federal judgeships follow the same basic process: