|January 22, 2018
Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration
The extension, scheduled to expire this Tuesday, was announced by the acting secretary of HHS in a notice posted on the U.S. DHHS website last Friday. No top officials have yet been named to lead the agencies combatting the opioid crisis, and according to a report in Politico last week the administration is proposing a 95% cut in the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for 2019. No new funding has been proposed to help states deal with the crisis. The administration has updated guidance on how states can expand access to inpatient treatment under Medicaid, clarified how physicians can share information without violating HIPAA, and discussed how the National Institutes of Health can increase research into non-opioid pain medication.
An HHS spokesperson said of the extension, “This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people.”
This new declaration is scheduled to expire on April 23, 2018.
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