Senators Manchin, Toomey reintroduce IMPROVE Addiction Care Act to support opioid victims

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Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHSV) - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) reintroduced the Improving Medicaid Programs’ Response to Overdose Victims and Enhancing (IMPROVE) Addiction Care Act on Thursday, May 13, to provide assistance to individuals who have struggled with substance use.

According to a press release from Senator Manchin’s office, the legislation would require state Medicaid programs to use jointly-funded Drug Utilization Review programs to help connect patients to treatment and boost safeguards for those on Medicaid who have experienced a non-fatal, opioid-related overdose.

The act would also close an information gap that can keep prescribers from being informed about a patient who overdoses.

To read the full bill, click here. For background information on the bill, click here.

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