ACAP Letter of Support to E&C Committee for Opioid Package

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Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone:

On behalf of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), I am writing to express our gratitude and support for the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s commitment to move a comprehensive slate of bills to address America’s devastating opioid crisis. ACAP particularly applauds the Committee’s bipartisan recognition of the important role that the Medicaid program has in addressing the opioid epidemic and we look forward to working with members of the Committee and the Administration, as
well as the states, to maximize Medicaid’s potential to address the opioid crisis.

ACAP represents 61 member plans in 29 states serving more than 20 million Americans receiving coverage through Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare Advantage D-SNPs, and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. While ACAP supports a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid issue in America, we want to specifically voice our support for several pieces of common-sense legislation that represent policy priorities for America’s safety net health plans. ACAP particularly urges the members of the Committee
to support the following:

  • H.R.5583, Require Medicaid Programs to Report on All Core Behavioral Health Measures, to require state Medicaid programs to report on the 11 behavioral health measures that are included in CMS’s 2018 Core Set of Adult Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid. This legislation is vital to help federal and state policymakers better understand how state Medicaid programs are addressing the opioid crisis in their states and to provide opportunities to share best practices in this area. ACAP has long advocated for state reporting of the Medicaid core quality measures, we applaud the Subcommittee for this legislation and urge its passage.
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