Opioid Bill Signed, With Implications for Older Americans

On October 24, President Trump signed major legislation to curb the nation’s opioid crisis. The “Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” enhances addiction treatment and recovery options, addresses high prescribing rates, improves prevention, and equips law enforcement with new options to reduce illicit opioids. The bill has a series of provisions related to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Food and Drug Administration. Selected provisions may be of particular interest to American Society on Aging members. ASA’s public policy consultant, ChamberHill Strategies, prepared this memo outlining the provisions most relevant to older people. You can click on these links to the full bill text and a section-by-section summary of the legislation.