Last year, the House acted to treat health information fairly across all health and mental health conditions, passing a bill to align substance use health information standards with the standards for all other health conditions. Although the bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, it unfortunately stalled in the Senate.
But, we have another chance to pass this important legislation.
Congress has introduced H.R. 2062, the Overdose Protection and Patient Safety Act and S. 1012, the Protecting Jessica Grubb's Legacy Act . These bipartisan bills modernize an outdated federal regulation known as 42 CFR Part 2,
which treats substance use information differently than other health
information. Currently, your doctor can see information about your health history, like
diabetes, which affects what medications you can take and other treatment
options. But your doctor can’t see the same information about a substance use
disorder, even though that can cause life-threatening complications.
health information unequally hurts all of your health and mental health care—and that needs to change.
We need to treat individuals holistically, so
providers have access to a person’s mental health AND substance use
bills align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA, which protects health information for all
other health conditions. They also include additional safeguards to ban
discrimination based on a person’s substance use history.
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cosponsors on these bills. Take
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