Urgent: Contact Congress to Support HR 3545 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act

We are reaching out to you because we are asking for your assistance in a grassroots effort to advance HR 3545 over the next two weeks. As those that attended AHIMA’s Advocacy Summit know, one of our “asks” this year was for our elected U.S. Representatives to support and co-sponsor HR 3545, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act. HR 3545 seeks to align the 42 CFR Part 2 regulation, a law that regulates the sharing of substance use disorder records, with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment and healthcare operations.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee hopes to consider HR 3545 at the full committee level the week of May 14 but we need your help!

We have heard that Democratic support and co-sponsorship of HR 3545 is critical to advancing the bill. We are asking your assistance with the following:

We encourage you as members to contact your U.S. Representative(s) through AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center. To expedite correspondence, we have generated a message to your U.S. Representative(s). Members must type in their zip code and personal information to send their support for HR 3545. To go directly to the link, click here.

Your assistance is critical to advancing HR 3545. The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is committed to advancing a legislative package that will address our current opioid crisis before Memorial Day—we want to make sure that HR 3545 is part of the solution!

Thanks!!!

Teri Stubbs
Advocacy Manager

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