Matsui Opening Remarks at 42 CFR Part 2 Legislative Hearing
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) gave the following opening remarks at today’s Health Subcommittee hearing on “Improving the Coordination and Quality of Substance Use Disorder Treatment:”
This is a very important and complex issue relating to the opioid epidemic.
I feel strongly that we should take action in this space. Patients that are currently receiving treatment may not be getting the best care if their provider does not have all the information necessary.
However, many challenges remain, only some of which might be solved by this bill. Providers still don’t always have electronic health records, and even when they do, information is not always shared across providers.
We cannot fully coordinate care if substance use is not a part of your medical history. However, we are walking a fine line. As much as we need to reduce stigma and move toward integrated care, we still face technological, medical, and social barriers. Most of all, we do not want to unintentionally harm patients who may still be discriminated against for their addiction.
I look forward to the discussion today and I thank the witnesses for their testimony.