Increase Access to Treatment: Urge CMS and ACGME to provide better training to residents who will see patients with opioid use disorder
I urge you to join me in sending the attached letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that would encourage the Council to require training in prescribing buprenorphine
and other care for patients with opioid use disorder. Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, physicians are required to complete an eight-hour training to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. This course is already available
for free in medical residency programs, but it is currently not required. The letters below also include questions for CMS with regard to their role in oversight of residency programs and for ACGME with regard to their role in ensuring adequate training of
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Co-Sponsor H.R. 40 “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” (Pro Forma Session Today)
I invite you to co-sponsor HR 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” which
establishes a Commission to study reparation proposals and consider a national apology for the institution of slavery. This legislation was first introduced by retired Member
of Congress John Conyers of Michigan in 1989, and was intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.
This month, the Sultanate of Brunei instituted a brutal and draconian new Penal Code that would strip away the human rights of its citizens and strengthen the government’s authoritarian grip. The recently announced Penal Code revisions mandate the death
penalty for numerous offenses – among them adultery, consensual same-sex relations, blasphemy, and robbery. The Penal Code also introduces stoning as the means of execution for those who engage in same-sex or extramarital relations. The Sultanate’s plan also
authorizes flogging for women who have abortions and amputation for those accused of theft. Further, the Penal Code would criminalize exposure of Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.
In 1994, the California Assembly Office of Research conducted a study that found that women pay a “gender tax” of $1,351/year for the same services as men. I subsequently sponsored the “Repeal the Gender Tax Act” in the California Assembly, which passed
in 1996 and required that prices for services like dry cleaning and haircuts be determined by the amount of time needed to do the job, not by gender.
We are writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 808, the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act, which would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe diabetic shoes for Medicare patients.
Increasing naloxone access has been critical in the fight against the opioid crisis, especially as the problem has progressed from abuse of prescription drugs to the use of heroin and fentanyl. Both the federal and state governments have taken steps to promote
access through the widespread use of standing orders, which allow providers to write a single prescription that can be used by any individual.
Please join us in cosponsoring HR 2148, the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace (BE HEARD) Act.
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