Matsui Unveils Discussion Draft Legislation to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Treatment through Telemedicine

Legislation Considered as Part of House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on Ways to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

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Washington, February 28, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) unveiled the “Improving Access to Remote Behavioral Health Treatment,” draft legislation with Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) that looks to increase access to medication-assisted addiction treatment in underserved areas through the use of telemedicine.

“Access to treatment continues to be a major hurdle in many communities fighting the opioid crisis,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This legislation encourages the use of technology to overcome barriers to behavioral healthcare access. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Harper to advance one step in what should be a comprehensive approach in Congress. We must also provide significant funding towards prevention and continue our support for Medicaid, which is playing a critical role in combatting substance use disorder across the country.”

Matsui’s bipartisan discussion draft was considered today as part of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee’s hearing on “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities.”

The draft text can be found here.

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