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Kinzinger introduces opioid legislation

Resolution calls for ‘addiction action plan’

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger introduced a resolution to deal with opioid addiction.

Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, along with U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., proposed the Opioid Addiction Action Plan, which would require the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid, known as CMS, to develop a plan with stakeholder feedback and then report it to Congress by Jan. 1, according to a press release issued by Kinzinger’s office.

Kinzinger and Clarke were joined by their colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, Reps. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, and Danny Davis, D-Chicago, in introducing this legislation.

The plan is needed to make sure policies include coverage, treatments and information that serve the overall goal of preventing opioid abuse, according to Kinzinger’s office.

Under this plan, Medicare and Medicaid will better be able to identify ways to be more adaptable to treatments for both pain that would normally require opioid prescriptions and for treatment of substance abuse disorders.

“For far too long, we have employed a ‘one size fits all’ method for treating pain and substance abuse disorder,” Kinzinger said in a press statement. “We must have other options and in the 21st Century, we should be encouraging innovation and push the boundaries of our medical advances.

“As we continue to face this devastating opioid epidemic, both Medicaid and Medicare are on the front lines, and it’s critical that our policies are working towards the prevention of opioid abuse while still providing the care that patients need.

“ ... I look forward to working towards putting an end to the opioid abuse crisis and creating a system that is flexible, adaptable and focused on preventing and treating addiction.”

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