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Press Release: Foster Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Treatment for Opioid and Heroin Addiction

May 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced the Medicaid CARE Act along with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-WV). This bill would provide medical assistance for treatment of opioid and heroin addiction. It would allow payments for certain residential treatment facilities. It would also establish a $50 million youth inpatient addiction treatment grant program to fund facilities in underserved areas.

“Opioid and heroin abuse has become an epidemic in many parts of the country,” Foster said. “It shines a light on the pressing need for substance use disorder treatment, and the substantial barriers that too many Americans face in accessing care. This legislation would help people get the treatment they need.” 

The number of deaths from heroin overdoses has more than tripled since 2010. But according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014, less than 12 percent of the 21.5 million Americans suffering with a substance use disorder received specialty treatment.  

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the companion bill in the Senate this month.