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Bill to Include CNSs in the List of Prescribers for Medication Assisted Treatments

Posted 5 months ago by Maranda Jackson-Parkin

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Bill to Include CNSs in the List of Prescribers for MATs to be Voted on by

Full House on June 20 or 21, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 or Thursday, June 21, the House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.  Section 303 of this bill makes permanent the authorization for NPs and PAs to prescribe medication assisted treatments (MATs) and expands that authorization to include CNSs, CNMs and CRNAs for five years until October 2023.The opioid epidemic is taking a toll on individuals, families and communities across the nation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. 
          Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates 3.3 million Americans aged 12 or over misused prescription pain relievers in 2016.Although Congress has increased funding for prevention, treatment and recovery in recent years, a stable, long-term investment is needed to help the hardest hit communities stem the rising tide of this epidemic. Millions of Americans still live in counties without any MAT waived provider.  Section 303 addresses this gap by expanding the MAT authorization to the other APRN roles for five years.
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