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H.R. 2569: Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
May 8, 2019 Cosponsors
H.R. 4111: Combating Meth and Cocaine Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bob Gibbs [R-OH7]
Jul 30, 2019 Cosponsors
H.R. 2922: Respond NOW Act
Sponsor: Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
May 22, 2019 Cosponsors
S. 1925: Combating Meth and Cocaine Act
Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
Jun 20, 2019 Cosponsors
H.R. 3974: Prescription Drug Monitoring Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
Jul 25, 2019
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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The Latest Legislative Tracking on Pain Management
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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.
As a handful of state legislatures are still in the 2019 legislative session, other state legislatures have begun pre-filing for the 2020 legislative session. Among the states where pre-filed legislation has been submitted, the following bills may be of interest to state medical boards:
The FSMB's state legislative staff will continue to track and monitor legislation and regulations of interest to state medical boards. If there is specific legislation you would like us to assist with, please contact John Bremer, Director of State Legislation and Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (202) 463-4021.
IN S 162
Chronic Pain Management
Status: Enacted - Act No. 149-2019
Date of Last Action:* 05/01/2019 - Enacted
Author: Messmer (R)
Topics: Prescription Drug Abuse, Other
Summary: Relates to chronic pain management. Requires a practitioner to prescribe alternative treatments for certain chronic pain prior to prescribing an opioid.
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LA H 284
Drugs and Prescription
Status: Enacted - Act No. 426
Date of Last Action:* 06/20/2019 - Enacted
Author: Abraham (R)
Topics: Prescription Drug Abuse, Prescribing Guidelines/Limits
Summary: Provides relative to prescribing and dispensing of opioid drugs, provides that the medical practitioner shall indicate on the prescription that more than a seven-day supply of the opioid is medically necessary.
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