Federal Addiction Policy: Building on our Accomplishments and Looking Ahead

  • Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, JD, Legal Action Center, Washington, DC
  • Paul Samuels, JD, Legal Action Center, New York, NY

The addiction care system continues to face tremendous change and upheaval. While we have a certain degree of clarity about the legal and regulatory framework of the Affordable Care Act and the parity law, much work remains to fully implement both laws and to ensure that their consumer protections are adequately enforced. As we approach a new presidency and a new Congress, this workshop will review recent developments at the federal level aimed at improving access to addiction care, including medication assisted treatment. Workshop presenters will also discuss potential future federal developments related to substance use disorder treatment, the future of medication assisted treatment in the new health reform environment, delivery system reforms, and opportunities available for improving federal policy moving forward.


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