October 5, 2017
AHIP submitted a statement for the official record of an October 5 hearing in the Senate HELP Committee on “The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis.” Our statement emphasizes that health plans are playing a leadership role and taking a comprehensive approach to tackling opioid misuse and addiction, while ensuring access to effective treatment for patients. We explain that health plans cover multi-faceted, effective approaches to pain management that include evidence-based treatments, more cautious opioid prescribing, and careful patient monitoring. By combining education, prevention, behavioral health care, and evidence-based treatment, health plans are making real progress in addressing addiction and improving the health and well-being of families and communities. Our statement also outlines recommendations for improving federal and state efforts to address the opioid crisis.