U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Key Vote Alert! - H.R. 6, "Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:00pm

October 3, 2018

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the bipartisan H.R. 6,
the “Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.” The Chamber will consider
including votes related to this bill in our annual How They Voted scorecard.
The opioid epidemic is ravaging families and destroying the lives of
thousands each year, and it is crippling communities’ and employers’ efforts to
staff workforce needs, create new jobs, and expand commerce.

We applaud Congress for crafting comprehensive legislation to tackle the
myriad of causes, such as the flood of illicit drugs into the United States, while
removing a litany of barriers that inhibit prevention, recovery, and treatment
options.

The Chamber is pleased that H.R. 6 does not include the end stage renal
disease (ESRD) provision included in an earlier version of the bill. That policy
would have burdened employers already struggling to provide robust health
benefits with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional health care costs.

While H.R. 6 is important, more remains to be done. The Chamber urges
Congress to address the 42 CFR Part 2 statute as hundreds of health care
organizations have called for. Congress should align currently conflicting
protections and allow providers access to a patient’s entire medical record,
including substance use disorder information, at a patient’s request.

We urge you to support H.R. 6.

Sincerely,

Suzanne P. Clark
Senior Executive Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce