Matsui Applauds Passage of H.R. 6

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | comments

Matsui Applauds Passage of H.R. 6

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s (D-CA) “Access to Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorders Act,” H.R. 5603, and “Behavioral Health IT Legislation,” H.R. 3331 passed the House as part of H.R. 6 – SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is expected to move swiftly through the Senate and to the president’s desk.

“This is an important step in our work to address the opioid epidemic,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Telemedicine and integrated electronic health records are critical to expand access to treatment and services for people with substance use disorders. I’m pleased that we’re advancing these important policies and look forward to continuing working with my colleagues towards additional funding for treatment, further investments in Medicaid, and improving the entire behavioral health spectrum of care.”

The Access to Telehealth Services for Substance Use Disorders Act, based on Rep. Matsui and Rep. Bill Johnson’s Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act (H.R. 3482), will allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive Medicare restrictions on reimbursement for telemedicine services provided to patients suffering from an opioid use disorder.  

The Behavioral Health IT Legislation (H.R. 3331), will allow the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test models to provide incentive payments to behavioral health providers for adopting electronic health records technology and using that technology to improve care quality and coordination.  

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