BRIEFING INVITE: Opioids and Oral Health on Jan. 24 @ 10:30AM

As we know, the misuse of opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone and oxycodone—is an acute public health crisis. As prescribers of these pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm. We are all
familiar with fatal drug overdoses, an issue that CDC continues to highlight as it remains unabated.  However, if those problems weren’t bad enough, those who routinely use opioids often face troubling and serious oral health conditions.

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Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

People across the country are working hard to make ends meet, yet the nation fails to provide the support they need to manage the demands of job and family, and that businesses and our economy need to thrive. A mere 17 percent of the workforce has paid family
leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided disability program. When people have to forgo pay or lose a job when a serious medical or caregiving need arises, they often jeopardize their ability
to afford even the most basic necessities. This hurts workers, their families and the businesses that suffer from increased turnover.

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Protect Medicare Beneficiaries Living with Mental Illness

As Co-Chairs of the Mental Health Caucus, we are troubled that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now considering changes to Medicare Part D’s Six Protected Classes that would effectively strip these crucial medicines of their protected
status. The proposed rule published in November 2018 would allow stable patients to be forced to undergo a sometimes-lengthy prior authorization or fail-first in order to stay on the medicine(s) that have already proved to be effective treatments that keep
them alive. 

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Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

People across the country are working hard to make ends meet, yet the nation fails to provide the support they need to manage the demands of job and family, and that businesses and our economy need to thrive. A mere 17 percent of the workforce has paid family
leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided disability program. When people have to forgo pay or lose a job when a serious medical or caregiving need arises, they often jeopardize their ability
to afford even the most basic necessities. This hurts workers, their families and the businesses that suffer from increased turnover.

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Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

If you have any questions or to cosponsor any of the bills listed, please contact Renuka Nagaraj in my office at
Renuka.Nagaraj@mail.house.gov or x65230.

Sincerely,

David N. Cicilline

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