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Johnson's TEACH Act Included in Sweeping Opioid Legislation Agreement

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
“The opioid crisis claims the lives of an average of 115 Americans every day,” Bill Johnson said. “It is imperative that our health care education system and community partners are fully prepared to prevent, treat, and aid in the recovery from substance abuse disorder.”
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate agreed on sweeping legislation to combat the opioid crisis. This legislation is on its way to President Trump for his signature, and includes H.R. 5261, the Training, Education, and Community Help (TEACH) to Combat Addiction Act; Johnson introduced the legislation along with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY):

“The opioid crisis claims the lives of an average of 115 Americans every day,” Bill Johnson said. “It is imperative that our health care education system and community partners are fully prepared to prevent, treat, and aid in the recovery from substance abuse disorder.”

Johnson added, “After months of work, the House and Senate have sent sweeping, bipartisan legislation to the President for his signature. There is no doubt that there is more to do, but this bipartisan legislation, which is the single largest legislative response to the opioid crisis to date, makes important policy changes and investments that will save lives in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio and around the country.”

“I’m especially proud that my legislation, the Training, Education, and Community Help (TEACH) to Combat Addiction Act, was included in this comprehensive bill,” Johnson continued. “Institutions that educate the next generation of health care professionals play a vital role in preparing the workforce to combat substance use disorder, and they can play a leading role in communities seeking to address the crisis. My legislation advances an all-hands-on-deck approach by recognizing and leveraging the expertise of these institutions to more fully integrate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery into health professional education, as well as partner with their communities on scalable strategies to combat SUD.”

The opioid legislation also includes 3 other Johnson priorities, including legislation to expand access to telehealth for SUD treatment; provide additional resources and technical assistance to peer support recovery organizations; and streamline the prior authorization process for Medicare patients.

Once signed by President Trump, the TEACH Act will mark the 9th piece of legislation authored by Johnson enacted into law.

BACKGROUND: In June of this year, the House passed the TEACH Act (H.R. 5261) with bipartisan support.

The full text of H.R. 5261 can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5261?r=1

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