Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) released the following statement on his bill, the Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent Opioid Abuse Act, being included in the Senate opioid package being voted on today:
“I am grateful Senator Pat Toomey introduced the Senate version of my bill to ensure it was included in the larger legislative package the Senate has put together in order to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing our country. Also, I am pleased to see three other bills that I cosponsored were included as well,” said Renacci. “Ohio is at the heart of this crisis, and I have worked with my colleagues in both parties and with Senator Portman to pass laws to give Ohio more resources to deal with this crisis. It is important the Senate passes this bipartisan legislation in order to reach a unified bill with the House and make certain our states and communities are able to fight this epidemic.”
H.R. 5715, “Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent Opioid Abuse Act”
H.R. 5715 establishes a secure online portal through which Medicare Advantage and Part D plans will notify the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other plans to suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse.
H.R. 5041, “Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act”
H.R. 5041 grants certain hospice personnel authority to dispose of controlled substances when a patient dies versus giving the medication to the patient’s family and potentially leading to diversion and abuse.
H.R. 5685, “Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act”
H.R. 5685 instructs CMS to provide Medicare beneficiaries with educational resources regarding opioid use and pain management.
H.R. 4841, “Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act”
H.R. 4841 requires that physicians and other practitioners prescribe Part D-covered controlled substances electronically so as to improve tracking of opioid use and prevent diversion.
This morning Renacci discussed these pieces of legislation and how the opioid epidemic is affecting Ohioans on WTAM 1100AM.
You can listen to the full interview here.