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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

June 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on his support of H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan package of opioid-related provisions that passed 396-14:

“Congress needs to act urgently to save the tens of thousands of Americans who are dying from the opioid epidemic. I appreciate the efforts of Members on both sides of the aisle to address this crisis and expand access to treatment for Americans suffering from substance abuse. As the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, I’ve debated every opioid-related bill that has gone through our committee, and quite frankly, I am concerned that we put quantity over quality.”

“Although some of the bills will help people avoid addictions to opioid medications and those already struggling to receive treatment, there is not a sustained, long-term investment that’s needed to fight back. This epidemic took at least 42,000 lives in 2016. People need greater access to care, and there are existing barriers that could prevent Americans from receiving the treatment needed to overcome addictions. The Department of Justice already announced it will not defend the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing protections in the courts, which could lock out millions of Americans suffering from substance abuse from receiving the treatment they need to overcome their addiction and live a full, healthy life.”

“I remain committed to making high quality, affordable health care available for Americans, especially those struggling with opioid abuse. Congress must do better. I hope the majority will seriously consider authorizing more funds and incentivize the remaining 17 states, like my home state of Texas, to expand Medicaid in future legislation.”