On Wednesday, June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022. AAPM&R is encouraged that the passage of the bill includes the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act provision, which will remove federal barriers to medications for opioid use disorder, increase access to lifesaving treatment for thousands of people with addiction, and reduce stigma.
AAPM&R is one of the many organizations supporting the policy behind the MAT Act. As the Senate creates a companion bill, we will continue to urge for its enactment.
We thank Reps. Paul Tonko, Mike Turner, Antonio Delgado, and Anthony Gonzalez for their sponsorship of the MAT Act and their diligence in ensuring the policy’s inclusion in H.R.7666. We also thank the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone Jr. and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers for their leadership in passing the substantial Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022.
Click here to view the full list of AAPM&R’s advocacy letters in support of the MAT Act.