ASAM focuses its advocacy efforts on federal and state legislation and regulation that impact the field of addiction medicine.
Opioid misuse, addiction and related overdose deaths have become a public health epidemic in our country, but treatment works and can help people reach long-term recovery.
The national discussion on the legal status of marijuana has been a hot-button issue since Colorado became the first state to legalize its recreational use and retail manufacturing and sale in 2012.
Health Insurance Parity
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was passed in October, 2008 to end discriminatory health care practices against those with mental illness and/or addiction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
In total, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use exacts more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care. For every $1 invested into prevention and early treatment programs, up to $10 can be saved in costs related to substance use disorders.
Confidentiality (42 CFR Part 2)
The federal government has implemented 42 CFR Part 2, regulations that protect the confidentiality of addiction treatment records of any person who has sought treatment for or been diagnosed with addiction at a federally assisted program.
The Trump Administration and 115th Congress have made repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act a top legislative priority. As they consider major reforms to our nation’s health insurance markets and public assistance programs, ASAM and the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose are advocating for continued access to coverage for addiction treatment services and the preservation of mental health and substance use disorder parity protections.