Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a strong, bipartisan vote of 392-to-26. The 21st Century Cures Act includes key provisions on substance use disorder, criminal justice reform and mental health to help improve our nation's response to addiction. The bill also includes $1 billion dollars in grants for states to fight the opioid epidemic, and will help implement the comprehensive framework of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): prevention, treatment, recovery support and criminal justice reform.
Upon the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said:
"With today’s vote, we are on the cusp of tremendous reforms that will deliver hope. From new cures and treatments to the diseases that know no boundaries, to updating and strengthening our mental health system and providing additional resources to combat the opioid epidemic, today’s vote represents a real win for patients everywhere."
Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D-NH), Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, said:
“We’ve long known in New Hampshire that the opioid epidemic needs to be treated like the public health emergency that it is, and the House of Representatives has said in a resounding voice that it agrees.
The Cures bill that we’ve passed will provide critical funding to those on the frontlines of this crisis and help states support recovery, treatment, and prevention efforts, while making important advances in groundbreaking medical research. I’m especially encouraged that New Hampshire will have broad discretion to use this funding in ways that best reflect the needs of our state. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit and pass this bill so we can get it to the President’s desk as swiftly as possible.”
The Senate is expected to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act early next week. If passed, the bill will head to the President’s desk for signature.